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10 Reasons Why Using A Metronome Makes You Better, Faster!

Here are the reasons you should use a metronome when you practice guitar, in logical order:

1. Your muscles "remember" everything they do, good or bad, right or wrong.

2. Excess tension in the muscles during practice is also "remembered". It prevents anyone who has it from controlling the muscles so that the correct notes are played in the correct way

3. All students have excess tension in the muscles when they practice

4. Any student who is making little or no progress is unaware of this excess tension, and is simply re-enforcing this tension every time they practice.

5. The only way to teach the muscles to play without excess tension is to learn what correct practice really is, and how it connects us to that tension we are creating but unaware of.

6. Once we establish the condition of "no excess tension in the muscles during movements" we must use CONTROLLED, CORRECT REPETITION to re-enforce the movements.

7. This repetition must be gradually done at faster and faster speeds WITHOUT INTRODUCING EXCESS TENSION in order to build our playing ability to where it needs to be to play well, and to sound professional.

8. All students, left to themselves, will practice too fast to actually achieve this. They have no idea of how slowly practice must be done in order to really bring results.

9. The metronome, when properly used, FORCES us to play slowly enough to achieve real, lasting results. It also allows us to gradually increase the speed of our repetitions by very smaller increments, much smaller increases then we could make left to ourselves. The muscles NEED these small increases in order to learn effectively.

10. When we do enough CORRECT REPETITIONS of any passage we are trying to learn, we will MASTER IT!


Sabine Zipbeat Digital Metronome

Digital circuitry assures perfect beat rate accuracy, and the loud clear tone makes practicing easy with any instrument.

Bright, multifunction display gives you a visual clue for the beat, and you can switch from 2 alternating LEDs to 8 LEDs that sweep back and forth.

Includes a built-in pitch pipe, free earphone and 9V battery.

PRICE: under $15

Seiko SQ50 Quartz Metronome

Portable quartz metronome. A-440Hz frequency tone (standard "A") that simplifies the tuning of just about any instrument. A tempo range from 40 to 208 beats per minute is easily set from the 39 position rotary dial. Visual and audible combination. Includes earphone jack.

This one is VERY recommended, great value for the price, and impressive reviews on Amazon.

PRICE: under $20

Seiko SQ70 Quartz Metronome

The SQ70 has all of the features a musician needs, and then some. The tempo range is a wide 40-208 beats per minute, controlled by a large transparent dial. The large speaker features volume control and the lights make keeping time that much easier. Includes earphone jack and lasting battery.

Price: under $60

Sony TCM-210DV Standard Cassette Voice Recorder

GuitarPrinciples recommends the Sony TCM210DV (the latest model at this writing) for immediate half speed playback, to check yourself during practice. A tool to use especially for the Basic Practice Approach.

Features double recording time, Voice Operated Recording (VOR), playback speed control, and one-touch recording and playback. It uses full size cassettes, has front panel controls, and is more convenient than using computer software.


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