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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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