Metronomes are not only used by guitarists but by any musician playing any kind of instrument. It is a common tool for all.
Use the metronome to master your timing skills. Wind the small wrench at the right side of the metronome by pressing it to start the application. Press it again while it is playing to pause it. Select the desired BPM (beats per minute) from the preset number column on the right side or select BPM manually by sliding the small bar on the pendulum.
When musicians have a bad sense of timing, they tend to play music without proper rhythm. They will play some parts too fast and some parts of the same song too slow. This kills the timing that other musicians might be playing and the music gets all mixed up. It kills the melody. Practicising with a metronome will improve your sense of timing and will make you a better guitar player. Since metronomes are common to all musicians, it will help you when you start playing with others in a group play situation like a band. It will also make your music better and will improve the melody. People will enjoy your music much more.
Try to use the metronome with different speeds which is called BPM (beats per minute). It will make your timing sense more versatile. Also try to anticipate the clicks instead of waiting until the metronome clicks. When you move on to more speed later on, you won’t have the time to wait until the metronome clicks.
Finally, metronome is a tool for practice. Don’t become dependent on it. Remember that the real goal is to improve your natural sense of timing. Try to feel the beats and very slowly incorporate it into your natural sense of timing. This will come to you if you keep on practicing.
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