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Old 04-20-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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How to Use a Metronome?

I've been getting into playing death and thrash metal recently, but the thought never occurred to me that I should use a metronome. I've read reviews and posts of how important it is, and I currently have one, but I don't know how to use it at all. Do you set the bpm to whatever the song you're going to play is or just mess around with the times until you're challenging yourself? And do you play along specifically to all of the beats?
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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Its supposed to help you play on time. If there is a technique you're working on start off slow then build your way up. For a song you're going to have to find the BPM of it and play with it. Think of it as a piece of classical music. Some measures you wont have to play some you do. Don't play during the big loud drum intro because it wont make sense (Unless there is guitar in said intro)
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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Its supposed to help you play on time. If there is a technique you're working on start off slow then build your way up.

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Think of it as a piece of classical music. Some measures you wont have to play some you do. Don't play during the big loud drum intro because it wont make sense (Unless there is guitar in said intro)

What are you on about here?
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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What about for scales?
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:55 PM   #6
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What about for scales?

The only time I would use a metronome with scales is when I'm working on note duration. Set the metronome at say 60 BPM and start off playing quarter notes. Then, with the metronome still at 60, do eighth notes. Then triplets, sixteenth notes, sixteenth note triplets, etc.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:46 AM   #7
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Dr beats makes a cool metronome that clicks the eigths, triplets, sixteenths etc..
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:05 AM   #8
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The best way to use a metronome is to set it to a slow speed that you can play your riff/exercise/scale/whatever to quite comfortably, then gradually work up the tempo in small increments (5-10bpm).

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:26 AM   #9
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When I use a metronome, I only set it for the quarter note beats. That way it simulates a drummer who doesn't subdivide the beats.
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