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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.

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  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:


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