Hey,
This will be an extremely dumb question to ask, but no one has ever told me how to use a metronome...
So, How do you use a metronome effectively? Do you just hit a note on every beat? Or do you hit a certain number of notes in between beats?
Im a noob... haha

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The idea of a metronome is to have a constant beat so you will learn a constant beat. It would be typical to set a metronome at 70 beats per minute (bpm) and play four notes per beat (clicks), 16th-notes, and then work your way up to a rather speedy 4 notes per beat at 180 bpm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_signatures
Read that as well. Once it confuses you ask a question. That article goes into incredibly confusing material very quickly, but the beginning explains basic time signatures and rhythm well.
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Hey,
This will be an extremely dumb question to ask, but no one has ever told me how to use a metronome...
So, How do you use a metronome effectively? Do you just hit a note on every beat? Or do you hit a certain number of notes in between beats?
Im a noob... haha
Quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes... same shit.

If you're practicing a song or something, you would set it to the beat of the song.

If you're just messin around and practicing playing in time, just put it on a low number and play whatever and make sure you stay in time.

Edit: ^180bpm??? holy hell. I could barely get to 150 on a good day.
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Subdivide the beat in different ways...

1 note per beat (quarters)
2 per beat (eighths)
3 per beat (triplets)
4 per beat (sixteenths)
etc.

You can play with accents too. Usually you'd accent on the beat but you can experiment with any accents you want. Try accenting every third sixteenth note or every fourth triplet eighth note.
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