Don’t freak out about this learning and playing tip. Don’t turn the lesson off and run away. I want to show you how you can have fun with a… metronome. There, I said it.
I want to give you 3 steps to get playing with a metronome today and show you how it can be fun!
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writing from Ossining New York… love the show… been such a big help to me… older guy, but relatively new to guitar… love the spirit.
Thank you for the lesson on using Metronome. It has greatly improved my timing.
I feel it would be wonderful if you created a whole series of lessons that focused on flatpicking with a metronome that eventually worked a song in at the end of the series. From personal experience, I know that when I sat with my in person teacher and worked together using a metronome, it more or less, cements my timing. But more likely importantly it provided a structure on how to approach every song slow with a metronome then we would speed it up. With that metronome bouncing in the background. When I don’t here that metronome my timing can waiver.
As always, a great lesson Tony! I will try to get over my ‘metronomaphobia’. I downloaded the pro metronome app. maybe it will work better for me than my mid-eighties plastic wind-up metronome.
This is great!! Practicing with a metronome is a must!! Thanks for helping make it easier to understand!!
I love your emails. First of all, thanks to you I know the difference now among playing, practicing and rehearsing. Second of all, stuff like this, I do use a metronome actually, but I found this very helpful, the reminder to engage your body to sync w the beat, and your Tone, Technique, Timing self check-in. I laughed when you said about ‘panicking barely getting the notes/ chords trying to go fast” bc I was sooooo busted! I have my like 5th little paid show next Saturday and am going to go over my set WITH the metronome! Many thanks, really appreciate your guitar teaching and encouragement!
Laura 2.5 years into learning guitar, with farrrrr to go
practicing with guitar is good exercise, playing fiddle with metronome you’d swear the metronome is lying or malfunctioning… so its good practice and habit building.
thank you very much great lesson.
You are simply the best Tony
Speaking of Metronomes I bought myself a BOSS DR-01s Rhythm partner a fantastic piece of gear for playing along with. has a metronome but can make your own drum backing tracks as well designed to use with acoustic guitars. 1 of the best purchases I have bought this year.
in the pro metronome you can choose to have the beats counted rather than a click. do you recommend not using the counting option?
Thanks Tony. You make things so simple to understand. I really enjoy y our acoustic Tuesdays. You are a God sent.
Hey Tony. I have never used a metronome so thanking you for this lesson. It will help my timing. I have no one to jam with so I try my hardest to practice every second day.
I am 75 years old and have never done anything musical in my live. I have tried taking lessons but by far you are the best.
I sometimes I feel I am not getting ahead.
I did appreciate this lesson.
Have A Great Week
This was insightful, Thank you! May I ask, what exactly is the difference between technique and tone? When the technique is correct, the tone will come nicely and vice versa, no?
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