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Playing through your pieces with a metronome also shows you the bits where you are speeding up and slowing down without realising it.
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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!