Poll: do you use a metronome?
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yes
27 36%
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#1
I just wondered, coz I was talking to a guy at my local music store, and he said that it really helps with your playing. So pit, do you practice guitar with a metronome?
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#2
Nope
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#3
I did when I was younger, then stopped. Then started again when I embarrassed myself.
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#6
I can't use the damn things, I never used to use one and when I was recommended to give it a try I found that it just threw me off, as I focused on the sound it was making instead of my playing. My timing is excellent anyway now, I just developed my timing through lot's of rhythm playing that wasn't necessarily intense, things like Rammstein. As it gives you a real feel for when to play a note. The only guitarists that I know that really need metronomes are the ones that only cared about their lead skills and learned how to sweep pick before they could play rhythm properly.
#8
Yes. I'm also a percussionist, so I really have to use a metronome. It's carried over to guitar.
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#9
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#11
yes. Its essential to learn how to play on time.
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#12
Not all the time.. Only when I need one to get the timing of a phrase correct, then, I let the drummer take over..
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yes. Its essential to learn how to play on time.


on time or in time?
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#16
i don't always play guitar anymore

but when i do, i do it without a metronome
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#17
Of course, it's invaluable. It helps track improvement, it helps timing, and it's the only thing that really tightens up your playing. Unless, you use a programmed beat, which is essentially the same, just less boring.

Metronome will really help you focus in on timing because it's not as busy as a drum beat, but a drum is more exciting to jam to. Plus, if you ever plan on recording in a studio, tight rhythm is essential and they'll ask you to play to a click. If you can't, well.... good luck
#18
Yes, when it is needed.
Though I don't use one when I play guitar, because I don't play guitar.
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#21
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Of course, it's invaluable. It helps track improvement, it helps timing, and it's the only thing that really tightens up your playing. Unless, you use a programmed beat, which is essentially the same, just less boring.

Metronome will really help you focus in on timing because it's not as busy as a drum beat, but a drum is more exciting to jam to. Plus, if you ever plan on recording in a studio, tight rhythm is essential and they'll ask you to play to a click. If you can't, well.... good luck

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#22
When I actually plan on spending 2-3 hours playing guitar, yes. I've heard a lot of great players say that playing along with a metronome is crucial, therefore, I use it. Sometimes however, I might pick up my guitar and before I know it, I've been sitting down for hours playing. In that case, I don't use it.
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#23
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Of course, it's invaluable. It helps track improvement, it helps timing, and it's the only thing that really tightens up your playing. Unless, you use a programmed beat, which is essentially the same, just less boring.

Metronome will really help you focus in on timing because it's not as busy as a drum beat, but a drum is more exciting to jam to. Plus, if you ever plan on recording in a studio, tight rhythm is essential and they'll ask you to play to a click. If you can't, well.... good luck

They don't ask you to play to a click all the time. Drums are often down first and a lot of drummers dislike playing to clicks , so once the drums are tracked then everything else can be put to that. You don't force musicians to play to a click when they wish to do it the way they're comfortable with, which in that case would be to the drums.

A very important part of being good in a studio is treating your musicians with respect to how they like to do their music, within reason of course, this applies to everyone, including the producer.
A lot of musicians are already not as used to the studio too, i can be talking to people i know and go off about mixing and such and then i realise that i'm probably talking jargon to them.
It's the same deal in a proper studio except the musicians may have no idea how the process of recording happens. Playing with headphones on for instance for a vocalist is something that can be offputting at first so they need to be comfortable, all the musicians present do.
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#24
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They don't ask you to play to a click all the time. Drums are often down first and a lot of drummers dislike playing to clicks , so once the drums are tracked then everything else can be put to that. You don't force musicians to play to a click when they wish to do it the way they're comfortable with, which in that case would be to the drums.

Drummers really need to get over that.
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#25
I think if you are planning on practicing scales and exercises, aka actual practice, then a metranome is very important, if you plan on jamming or writing id say don't use a metranome, itl get your mind in the wrong mindset.
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#26
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Plus, if you ever plan on recording in a studio, tight rhythm is essential and they'll ask you to play to a click. If you can't, well.... good luck


Record the drums first, and have the drums in the playback. Much better than having everyone playing to a click, because this will make all instruments in time with the drums. People won't hear the click on the album, so they don't know if it's perfectly tight to the click, but they'll notice if it's not in time with the drums.

I don't use a metronome, I had been playing for years before I even bothered finding out what a metronome is. I've always played with the original song, I find that much easier than just having a god damned click.
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#28
I don't see the point. I'm as good as I need to be on guitar/keys, and if I need to practice a particularly difficult guitar solo, I just GP the track and play along to it until I'm awesome.

Feels good after all these years to finally be able to pick out tones, scales and keys from just listening to a track, I'd like to add.
#29
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I don't see the point. I'm as good as I need to be on guitar/keys, and if I need to practice a particularly difficult guitar solo, I just GP the track and play along to it until I'm awesome.

Feels good after all these years to finally be able to pick out tones, scales and keys from just listening to a track, I'd like to add.

What you've mentioned is a big part of mastery of guitar. But one day, play one of those solos to a metronome, and only to a metronome. Maybe even play it 20 clicks under tempo. You'll feel how you pull away from the beat. Once you're able to play anything to a click, or able to stop the click midway, continue playing, and still be in time with the click when it comes back one, you'll be in the motha ****in pocket.
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#30
@Gallagher^ the second statement has no correlation the the op. Your first statement, I would consider to be equal to playing to a metranome.
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#31
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What you've mentioned is a big part of mastery of guitar. But one day, play one of those solos to a metronome, and only to a metronome. Maybe even play it 20 clicks under tempo. You'll feel how you pull away from the beat. Once you're able to play anything to a click, or able to stop the click midway, continue playing, and still be in time with the click when it comes back one, you'll be in the motha ****in pocket.


I can already do that.

Because.

I'm in the motha ****in pocket
#32
I've never played guitar to one, but I use it all the time for fiddle to make sure I'm playing at or above dance speed. Kinda important to pick a speed and stick to it - with rhythm - if people are hoping to do organised dancing to it. Without falling over.
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#33
I don't really practice, let alone with a metronome. The extent of my guitar-playing these days is playing along to music for a half-arsed hour.
#34
I use my inner rhythm, along with foot tapping (and stuff like that, even some head movement can help) and I found that I don't have absolutely any lack of rhythm (eg. when I turn on the metronome or some drum machine).
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#35
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@Gallagher^ the second statement has no correlation the the op. Your first statement, I would consider to be equal to playing to a metranome.


Which is why I put "I'd like to add" at the end of the sentence.

I was just having a brief callback to my days of practising with a metronome and being frustrated by not being able to pick out keys, tones or scales.

But by all means.

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#37
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Drummers really need to get over that.

Depends, if they're playing the part right and everyones happy with the take then there isn't much of a problem. If people want to tear it all to peices and move things around drastically, then a click track is needed.
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#38
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I don't really practice, let alone with a metronome. The extent of my guitar-playing these days is playing along to music for a half-arsed hour.


You and me both, work takes up a lot of my time now, hardly get chance to properly sit down and play.
#39
I don't practice the guitar. I play the guitar. I don't practice for any purpose. I play it. I HATE whenever people say practice. That sounds like it's some kind of damn chore to do without any enjoyment.
When I feel like "practicing" the guitar, it's most likely the day I hate to play it and should sell it.
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#40
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Which is why I put "I'd like to add" at the end of the sentence.

I was just having a brief callback to my days of practising with a metronome and being frustrated by not being able to pick out keys, tones or scales.

But by all means.

Report me for being off topic.

It seemed like you tried to make it a point you were 'too good' for a metranome.
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