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Guitar Principles Recommended Metronomes

seiko44Anyone familiar with the practice philosophy and approaches taught here at GuitarPrinciples knows that the metronome is the heart of your "Correct Practice". It is not optional, it is essential.

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This is the style of metronome I recommend, and I use myself. It works well with the Basic Practice Approach taught in The Principles, because the big dial allows for the repeated changing of the tempo required by this practice approach, which is the primary method for building good playing habits and reflexes through the proper use of Muscle Memory. 

Using The Metronome With The Basic Practice Approach

When using the Basic Practice Approach, it is necessary to change speeds quickly, sometimes notch by notch, and sometimes by larger leaps, as in 60 to 80 to 100. For this reason, digital metronomes are not suited to the Basic Practice Approach. 

Further, metronomes with small dials are much harder to operate, so this is the style I always have my students get. Below you will find a number of models, beginning with the entry level Sabine, which will do the job, and a number of other choices available as well.

The Seiko's are extremely well made, and last forever. The last model is the "Cadillac" of metronomes, with many advanced features for more advanced practicing strategies.


Why Should I Use A Metronome?


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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