A Metronome is a steady beat generator that is extremely useful as a practice tool. Being able to set a tempo to practice any of your tunes or exercises over will help you lock in your rhythmic awareness and improve your timing. It can also be used to build up your speed incrementally among other things Tony will expand on in this lesson.
- Probably the most important aspect of playing music…is playing in good time, playing with really good rhythm.…And though some people, like Earl Scruggs,…just was born with a psychotically amazing…sense of time, as, you know, are others.…Most people like to work with a metronome,…or they may not like to but they do work with metronome,…to get their timing together.…I really enjoy it because it feels like…I'm working with something outside myself.…Some people, I say metronome because it's easy…to travel with, I just throw it in the box…in my banjo case and I've got with me.…
If you have a laptop or if you travel, or just at home,…I think there's something called metronome.com online,…you can get that, there are drum machines,…there are a lot of various time keepers that you can use.…Right now I've got a metronome right here and,…you know, I'd rather hear someone playing very simple…music really in-time as opposed to someone who's…learned a whole bunch of hotlicks and is not…really playing them in-time where it's just…
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- Separating notes
- Playing with others
- Using the capo
- Playing hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Playing variations on classic tunes
- Minding your posture
- Training your ear
- Building speed
Skill Level Beginner
1. Playing with Others
2. Basic Embellishments
3. Variations on Basic Tunes
4. Posture and Ear Training
5. Playing Up the Neck and Building Speed
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