When two or more musicians are performing together they are immediately bound together by one basic element: rhythm. Good rhythm and tempo are essential for any duo, ensemble, band, or orchestra to play together. The metronome is an extremely important tool to help musicians develop their rhythm skills and learn how to play together.
Practicing accurately with a metronome will help you develop and improve your rhythm. Without a metronome you might be playing at a steady tempo or you might not, but with a good metronome you can quickly determine if you are playing accurately.
Practicing with metronome forces you to listen carefully and to listen to more than just yourself. This is an often forgotten, but very important benefit of using a metronome. Practicing with a metronome increases your musical awareness, which will help you become a better performer.
Without a metronome, many students will slow down at hard sections and speed up in easier sections without realizing it. The metronome keeps a steady tempo for you and will reveal where errors and hard sections may occur. When it feels like the metronome is speeding up, what is really happening is that you are starting to slow down. When you notice something like that, it’s a good time to stop, isolate, and practice at a slower tempo.
Playing a musical instrument requires good musical skills and good physical coordination. The metronome is very helpful for learning new music and working on difficult sections. Starting at a slow tempo and gradually speeding up one notch at a time is much more efficient than randomly speeding up without a metronome.
Subdividing metronomes can help you to fine-tune more complicated rhythms. They can help you learn to play eighth notes, triplets, sixteenths, and syncopations more accurately. Talking metronomes help students count the beats more effectively. They are easier to listen to, and they ensure that the student is playing on the right beat at the right time.
Here are some suggestions to help you practice better with a metronome.
Visit my music education blog pedagogyofmusic.blogspot.com for more reasons on why you should use a metronome, as well as practice tips:
Improve your sense of beat
Have fun practicing with a metronome
Expand your musical awareness with a metronome
How to select a tempo for your metronome