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Re: Metronomes

Post by MarkGoodwinPianos » 17 Apr 2011, 07:51

They are an essential learning aid. Recommended for maintaining a steady speed whilst practising your scales, arpeggios etc.
Playing through your pieces with a metronome also shows you the bits where you are speeding up and slowing down without realising it.

Definitely useful.
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Re: Metronomes

Post by Colin Nicholson » 17 Apr 2011, 12:16

Some metronomes also come with a chime (like I have). You pull a lever out, and it says 6 4 3 2 on it. So for music in 3 time, pull it three times. The met. then ticks at the required speed, and also chimes every 3rd beat - hopefully at the start of each bar.

Its personal taste, but I recommend 'Wittner' - a good German make, but there is also Tacktell. Metronomes start at around £20 (electronic ones).

On the pendulum itself, is a sliding weight.... this varies from around 40 beats - 208 beats per minute. You then check the music/ scales to see the recommended tempo.
However, best used during slow practise (when you've more or less learnt the tune) - but not generally used when finally adding expression to music.... but for scales & arpeggios, like Mark said, a metronome is essential.

Be warned though.... they are not really useful for an early learner or absolute beginner - and they can be very distracting.... bit like a "back seat driver"
They are useful at their best when just tweaking the right tempo for the music - but then when you add expression.... switch it off!

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Re: Metronomes

Post by Gill the Piano » 18 Apr 2011, 17:52

I have one called a 'Cherub' which has a clock on it and 'beeps' time, but also 'shouts' ONE TWO THREE FOUR in a Chinese/American voice which is so bl**dy annoying I cannot help but take notice of it!
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Re: Metronomes

Post by Gill the Piano » 19 Apr 2011, 18:18

It's a metronome but when you aren't using it as a metronome it tells you the time. If you see what i mean. And you can have clicks, beeps or the bl**dy annoying woman shouting at you to play to!
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Re: Metronomes

Post by Gill the Piano » 20 Apr 2011, 17:14

It's because it's so annoying that it works so well; when I do exam accompanying, it makes the kids keep time far better than just a click, for some reason.
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