Updated: Jul 12
By Christy | The Practicing Pro
Check out the third and last article in the metronome blog series!.
6 Fun Ways to Use Your Metronome!
My favorite way to use my metronome is to make something faster effortlessly and quickly!
A metronome makes playing faster and faster PERFECTLY, and not a task at all but fun!
I use a metronome chart, or write the numbers and check them off along the top of my sheet music. (Find the metronome PDF downloads below).
Metronome Practicing Chart Black/White Metronome Chart - FREE pdf download Colored Metronome Chart - FREE pdf download
Let’s say you are learning a study and play it now at 68 but want it to be 85 for your final tempo. GREAT! Print out a metronome chart and write on the very top 68 then one notch (or two) at a time write DOWN (lower is faster) numbers all the way to your goal of 85 BPM.
Now, three times is practicing, so FIRST make sure that you can play a section three times at the slowest metronome mark perfectly, with no errors at all.
NOTE: to learn the fastest -
Don’t play the whole thing but break it into smaller sections!!!!!
Play it three times, then write on your chart the next number. Move up your metronome and play it three more times...keep going until you get to your goal.
If you mess up, go back a tic and hang out there 3-6 more times. It just means you need more repetitions there and 3 isn’t enough, that’s all.
Easy - fun!
Moving just one notch or one click or one digital number won’t FEEL at all faster so you are repeating it many times without even feeling it getting faster - but it is!!! Cool right?
Another fun way is to play a piece with a heavy beat 1 and a lighter beat for the rest of the bar. Now for FUN make the heavy beat the beat 4, try the beat 2 or the beat 3! Wow! That’s so fun and if it’s a running piece or passage, like perpetual motion is extra fun to add accents on different beats.
Play with subdivisions - set the timer twice as fast as the BPM It will click on “1 ‘and’ 2 ‘and’ 3 ‘and’ 4 ‘and’ ”, now out the heavy beat on the AND! Play like that and enjoy the feeling of accenting more on the AND beat.
Try making the metronome click for every 2 beats. So make a 4/4 into a 2/4. Then every beat one only. So one beat per measure. Can you keep steady? It’s tricky! Now every TWO measures!!!! Woah! That’s hard!
Play LONG smooth bow games with the metronome. Can you do a scale with 4 beats per note? 6? 8? 10? 12? 16? 20? Can you keep a beautiful even tone?
Play with the crazy metronome app
“MetraGnome” - the Lite version is free.
He is a little CRAZY! So have some fun.
So there it is, 6 of my favorite things to do with a metronome for fun! If you haven’t already, check out the first two blogs in this metronome series,
Try some of these games with your metronome and take a picture with your chart and metronome when you are done! I would love it if you would send me your photo! It always makes me so happy to see how hard you're working!
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