#1
Everyone says to play with a metronome to improve timing. I play with my metronome when I play bass and guitar, but when I try to do it with drums I can't hear it! The metronome I have is a Korg MA-30, and it does not go anywhere near loud enough to be heard over my snare/any cymbal that isn't my highhat.

I have tried these solutions:
- Playing it through an amp at full volume. - Cannot hear it very well, annoys parents with ticking.
- Playing with headphones - Cannot hear it.
- Playing with earbud headphones with noise headphones (the kind construction workers use) overtop, I can hear it, but it has to be so damn loud that I think it's more damaging to my ears than without the ear protection.

note: I wear ear protection while playing. Could this be a factor in not hearing the metronome? I have taken it off and same result, only everything gets louder and hurts.

What are some solutions to hearing the metronome for drums. What do your drummers do?

EDIT: I am looking to go into more "metal-ish" type stuff, so I am looking to get my double kick speed higher and to do this I am going to do the same thing I do on guitar, play slow and slowly speed up USING A METRONOME. I will be doing this with different beats too, so I want to hear the metronome while playing on my kit.
Last edited by pepsi_lovr at Nov 23, 2008,
#2
Yeah, take out the earplugs.
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#5
You don't always have to be practicing all the songs with it, practicing with a metronome in general gives you a better sense of rhythm and timing, if you have a practice pad like a snare use that and just practice on it, do different rhythms and stuff.
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#6
count along to it 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 while playing your guitar and/ or bass, you'll pick up how to count time consistantly and correctly, then when playing your drum's count the beat's.. that way you'll progress and you'll get into nataraul rythm, you wont be so robotic, like if you constantly used a metrognome.

that's what i would do anyway.
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#7
Get some of those ridiculously expensive Bose noise cancellation headphones.
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Get some of those ridiculously expensive Bose noise cancellation headphones.



This.

I use them to practice guitar, so I'll have the song in my headphones, and it means I can crank my amp. After a few practice runs I got it to a perfect mix of hearing the song and what I'm playing.
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#11
Quote by Daniel8488
count along to it 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 while playing your guitar and/ or bass, you'll pick up how to count time consistantly and correctly, then when playing your drum's count the beat's.. that way you'll progress and you'll get into nataraul rythm, you wont be so robotic, like if you constantly used a metrognome.

that's what i would do anyway.


...I've never found using a metronome makes me robotic. It just gives me a very solid beat to groove around.

Very solid groove =D
#13
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No, don't.

(Have you considered pads to quiet the drums/use jazz brushes instead of sticks?)

*shrug* I practice every night without plugs. No problems here.

-Edit-
Good call on the practice pads though. That's probably the best suggestion yet. Cheaper and they'll do the job better, you just won't be practicing at live volume.
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Randall RH200 Head
Marshall 1960a Cab
Woods Acoustic
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Washburn Bantam bass
Hartke HA2500
Fender Bassman 410H
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#16
Why havent none of you retards suggested setting the metronome to click on the offbeat?

Im no drummer but I hear they've been using that method for years.
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#19
Everyone says to play with a metronome to improve timing. I play with my metronome when I play bass and guitar, but when I try to do it with drums I can't hear it! The metronome I have is a Korg MA-30, and it does not go anywhere near loud enough to be heard over my snare/any cymbal that isn't my highhat.

I have tried these solutions:
- Playing it through an amp at full volume. - Cannot hear it very well, annoys parents with ticking.
- Playing with headphones - Cannot hear it.
- Playing with earbud headphones with noise headphones (the kind construction workers use) overtop, I can hear it, but it has to be so damn loud that I think it's more damaging to my ears than without the ear protection.

note: I wear ear protection while playing. Could this be a factor in not hearing the metronome? I have taken it off and same result, only everything gets louder and hurts.

What are some solutions to hearing the metronome for drums. What do your drummers do?

EDIT: I am looking to go into more "metal-ish" type stuff, so I am looking to get my double kick speed higher and to do this I am going to do the same thing I do on guitar, play slow and slowly speed up USING A METRONOME. I will be doing this with different beats too, so I want to hear the metronome while playing on my kit.

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#20
Umm. You've tried metronome directly to your ears (via headphones) and you still can't hear them? That's not good. What you should do is get a pair of inear buds (headphones) and then put the ear protecting headphones on top. Should work since it till only cancell out the drums and not the metronome. Worked for me...
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