Classical Guitar Instruction with Douglas Niedt

And Comprehensive Guide to
How to Practice With a Metronome

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Beats per bar:
Stress first beat?

Metronome Controls

  1. Set a tempo.
    • Type a number into the box in the top right corner in place of the default value of 120.
    • Press Enter on your keyboard. (Values from 15-480 may be entered.)
    • Or, drag the knob on the green vertical bar.
    • Fine-tune your tempo choice with the up/down arrows to the right of the BPM number.
  2. Set the number of beats per measure. Drag the knob on the horizontal yellow bar.
  3. How to use the "Stress first beat" box.
    • Uncheck the box if you want all the ticks to sound the same (with no accents).
    • Or, uncheck the box and set the "Beats per measure" to 1 (that will also stop the flashing numbers).
    • To choose a higher-pitched click, set the "Beats per measure" to 1 and leave the "Stress first beat" box checked.
  4. Start the metronome
    • Pressing the big button labeled START. Press the same button to stop.
    • Once you have started the metronome, you can also press the spacebar on your keyboard to stop/start.
  5. Audio Volume Control. Drag the knob clockwise or counterclockwise. As a tribute to Spinal Tap, our volume knob now goes to 11!
  6. "Tap Tempo" feature. As you listen to a piece of music, left-mouse-click or, use your finger to tap in the box with the beat of the music. The tempo will display in the Tempo BPM box.

Some Quick FAQs

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How do I use a metronome to improve my playing?

The metronome can be used in three ways to improve your playing.

  • Function #1. To set an absolute tempo.
  • Function #2. As a tool to help us develop and improve our inner pulse. This enables us to play "in the pocket" or groove and to accurately hold a precise and steady tempo.
  • Function #3. As a practice and diagnostic tool to improve the efficiency of our practicing and therefore, the quality of our final performance.

What are common uses for a metronome?

  1. Use the metronome to play a piece at the performance tempo intended by the composer.
  2. Use the tap feature on the metronome to determine the tempo that other musicians play a piece.
  3. Use the metronome to check the tempo consistency of your own playing. Record yourself playing a piece. Listen back and use the metronome tap feature to check the consistency of your tempo from beginning to end. Be sure to check it within several different sections of the piece. Many times, a player will discover they are speeding up in the most difficult parts of a piece or passage. What a relief to discover the difficult passage should be played slower! Unfortunately, it can work the other way around too.
  4. Use the metronome to internalize tempo memory and relative tempos.
  5. Use the metronome to establish the approximate tempos of Italian notations.
  6. Use the metronome with subdivision to even out arpeggios, scales, tremolo, and to play oomplex rhythms.

How can I use the metronome to practice my pieces?

  1. Use the metronome to pinpoint problem spots. Record yourself playing the piece with the metronome set at a slightly challenging speed. You will notice certain problem spots and "stress points" begin to appear. The metronome's unforgiving nature helps you identify these spots.
  2. Use the metronome to determine the precise final performance tempo of your piece.
  3. Pinpoint spots where you unknowingly speed up or slow down.
  4. Shift the accents to the offbeats. This will help you to get into the groove or pocket of very rhythmic pieces.
  5. Use the metronome to detect rushed beats. Beginning and intermediate guitarists often rush the conclusion of a phrase that ends in a long note.
  6. Use the metronome to practice beginning a piece at the correct tempo. Many performance problems are caused simply by beginning a piece at the wrong tempo.
  7. Use the metronome to keep track of your progress.
  8. Practice with different subdivisions at performance tempo. This promotes rhythmic precision.

What general musical skills can I improve with a metronome?

  1. The metronome can be strategically used to improve your rubato and other changes of tempo.
  2. The metronome can be used to improve the control and fluency of your vibrato.
  3. The metronome can be used to improve the precision and speed of shifts.
  4. Practice with a metronome can help prevent rhythmic problems caused by ornaments.
  5. The metronome can help you improve your performance of ensemble music, duets, and chamber music.


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