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:
- If a computer is nearby, use Web Metronome.
- If there is a smartphone nearby, buy Metronome+ for $2. It is flexible, portable, and well worth the money.
- 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?Posted under Uncategorized