Many Ways to Use a Metronome - Techniques and Exercises to make Best Use of the Tool

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Plays for two measures then silent for two measures - this is for 4/4 with eighth note (quaver) subdivisions.
One of many exercises you can use for metronome practice - this one helps you to discover and encourage your ability to keep a steady tempo
This is one of the many features in Bounce Metronome to help you with your metronome practice sessions

Many people find metronome practice awkward or dull, and some beginners find it hard to get started with it at all. That's not too surprising. After all, you don't expect to just pick up an instrument and play it until you learn the technique - much the same applies to metronome practice.

You may be surprised to discover that metronome practice can be relaxing, enjoyable, and an exiting musical adventure, continually exploring new horizons To find out how, take a look at the Many ways to use a metronome section of th Bounce Metronome Wiki

This is a compilation and overview of some of the ideas for metronome practice developed and written about by musicians and music teachers. If you haven't come across this before, it's sure to help bring new life into your metronome practice sessions.

There's a whole technique to metronome practice, but few musicians seem to know about this (including many music teachers also). That's why it's often hard or frustrating to use a metronome, or you may find it doesn't seem to help as much as it should. Many give up, and other musicians discover these ideas for themselves, over and over again, not knowing that the technique already exists, and has been worked out in great detail. As with your instrument technique, these ideas are often simple enough to apply, but you need to be shown them, or you can get into bad habits easily.

Some topics covered in "Many Ways to Use a Metronome"

How to Keep Exact Time When you first use a metronome, you may find it surprisingly hard to keep in time with the ticks - and many beginners give up. Pro musicians may use the metronome for hours on end - but many pro musicians also find metronome practice something of a dull chore.

This page has many tips to help you keep in time and to bring new life into your metronome sessions.

The Vanishing Metronome Click - Burying the Beat. This is about a series of valuable exercises you can use with any metronome, to play more and more in time with the metronome clicks. This gives increasing precision, together with relaxation, and helps bring new life and interest into your practice sessions

Refresher on Beats, Bars and Rhythm This is for you if you need to go back and remind yourself about some of the basic concepts, or are a complete beginner with little musical background. Also some "metronome musings" about why we have so many different ways to represent almost identical rhythms.

Understanding Time Signatures Explains what the likes of 4/4, 6/8 etc. mean, and what compound and simple time is.

Counting Music if you need to count, it's important to keep the counting and the music rhythmical as you do it. A few thoughts and tips about that.

Tempo and Rhythm What is a steady tempo? Why is it so hard to keep a steady tempo? Ways to practise fast difficult passages so you don't slow down when you get to them.

Tempo is Measured in BPM Explanation of BPM and tempo dial markings

Tempo Dial Markings Typical tempo ranges for a modern tempo dial

Swung Notes Swung notes as in Jazz. Swung triplets as in Jigs. Buzz rolls.

Polyrhythms Background material on polyrhythms, and intrepidity in African drumming.

Metronome Advantages and Disadvantages A big check list of some of the advantages and disadvantages of metronome practice - and how to avoid the main things that can go wrong if you use a metronome a lot.

See also the section on Metronome Technique in the wikipedia article on the Metronome.

Books on metronome technique:

Mac Santiago "Beyond the metronome" ISBN 1450731945

Andrew Lewis's Rhythm, What it is and how to improve your sense of it especially his book 2 How to improve your sense of rhythm ISBN 0975466704 .

Frederick Franz, revised by Jon Truelson Metronome Techniques