LJS 16: Practicing With a Metronome

Welcome to episode 16 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about practicing with a metronome. Practicing with a metronome can help us attain improvisational freedom and rhythmic confidence. Having a great time feel and a strong inner clock is a big factor that sets apart the greatest musicians. Working with a metronome can help you reach that level. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. How practicing with a metronome can help you.

  2. Using a metronome to practice tempo.

  3. Using a metronome to practice time.

  4. Exercises for practicing with a metronome.

Listen to episodeĀ 15: 5 Steps to Learning Jazz Language by Ear

How do you practice with a metronome? Leave us a comment below.

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  1. Hi! I'm writing from italy. I have a question: how do you set your metronome when you work on 3/4 or odd times?

    Thank you
    P.s. I love your website

    • Hi Stefano,

      Thanks for asking! That's a great question. When I practice 3/4 I just set it on beat 1 as a default, and then as I explained in the podcast, any beat I'd like to practice with. I would do the same for odd times like 7/8, but if you want to do more than one beat per measure that's where it gets tricky. This drum trainer does allow you to chose how many beats per measure: http://bestdrumtrainer.com/tt/

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