Many Ways to Use a Metronome
From Bounce Metronome
Have your metronome practise sessions become a little it dull or tedious? Do you find it hard to play along with a metronome at all (this is very common when you first start to use one)? Or do you want to improve your timing and rhythm, but not sure how the metronome can help?
Approach it right, and you find there is so much more you can do. Every time you practise with your metronome you can learn new things and explore new horizons.
Here are a few first thoughts to get started.
When you practise with a metronome:
Are you also learning
- To play exactly on the beat? See How to keep exact time
- To play ahead or behind the beat? Again, see How to keep exact time
- To develop flexible timing of beats and sub-beats with lilt or swing? See Swung notes
- To develop your inner sense of rhythm? See Metronome Advantages and Disadvantages
- To count music in a rhythmical way to improve your timing? See Counting Music
For a quick introduction or refresher for the notation for time signatures like 4/4 and 6/8 first, go to Understanding time signatures.
Or go to How to keep exact time
Bounce Metronome in use:
More about what these pages are for
It's meant as a source of stimulating new ideas to help you make best use of Bounce Metronome or other metronomes.
If you just thought of a metronome as a tool to learn to play in tempo, then you'll find there is so much more to it. As you explore further you will find a lot of material available - on the web, in books and so on. There are links to some of it in the section on metronome advantages and disadvantages.
So - this is a source of new ideas to think about - together with pointers towards some of the background material on the subject when you want to go into it in more detail.
Source of this material
While researching for Bounce Metronome Pro I have come across so many ideas and ways of practising with a metronome. Then many more ideas were suggested by users for the software.
So - just want to share it with you - to help you make best use of the metronome. It's not meant as a "how to use a metronome" guide. Instead I want to point you in the direction of some of the wide range of ideas and methods you can use, and explore to enrich your metronome practise sessions. That's why I call it "Many ways to use a metronome."
If a few of you who read this get one or two new ideas which help make your metronome practise a bit more stimulating and lively - then it was well worth writing :).
You can get Bounce Metronome Pro for Windows now with your money back guarantee
Do you have a Windows laptop or PC?
It's easy to use - just choose a preset rhythm and click on the dial to set the tempo. Or make your own custom rhythms.
Online Videos and other metronomes
Or you can explore its Video Resources with many videos of various types of rhythm.
I also maintain a big list of other software and on-line metronomes, which you can find here: