Elementary Music

Archive for January, 2013


Why Every Band Student Should Have a Metronome

The most important part of playing music is rhythm (when you play a note). If the rhythm is off, everything is off. Play along with something that has a steady tempo like a recording, a keyboard, a drum machine, or a metronome. This is the best way to play an instrument with a steady tempo.

A metronome simply clicks at a consistent beat. Beginning band students can play along with the cd that came with their book, but it only has one tempo. If that’s too fast, use a metronome to practice at a slower tempo. A metronome makes it easy to slowly and steadily increase the tempo.

There are several options for buying a metronome:

  1. If a computer is nearby, use Web Metronome
  2. If there is a smartphone nearby, buy Metronome+ for $2. It is flexible, portable, and well worth the money. 
  3. If you’re old fashioned, you can always buy a standalone metronome

Any of these options will enable a musician to quickly improve. And who doesn’t want that?

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Pentatonic Scale

The pentatonic scale has five notes. We practiced singing it as: do re mi so la. Sing along with Bobby McFerrin.

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