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September 3, 2005 | Metronome Techniques Part 2
Many new metronomes come with a terrific subdivision feature. Beats can be divided audibly (sometimes visually) into eighth, triplet, or sixteenth notes.
The best players have a highly honed sense of timing that goes beyond keeping steady time. It's that innate sense of division at the smallest level. They don't think 1 , 2 , 3 , 4; they think (same tempo):
1 - ee - an - da, 2 - ee - an - da, 3 - ee - an - da, 4 - ee - an - da.
This is why their playing always lines up so well and the beat is never lost. Dare we say it isn't always natural; often it is trained...
We like the Boss TU-80 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome (hey, it's a tuner, too!). Dial in the sixteenths and go.
Develop your "Inner Drummer!"
Posted by Ted at September 3, 2005 10:55 AM
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