Question about metronome practice and applying it to songs
By - tiredOfStressFr
Basically to play, listen the metronome and count you have to be able to play the song blind in your sleep.
If have the same problem as you. As soon as I play with metronome it goes south.
If I play with a recording of the song in the background I have no problem with staying on beat
so, you are saying first one should be able to perfectly play the song without missing notes ( as long as it sounds like the original song ) without worrying about the varying - tempo?
That does make sense actually, then the song becomes second nature and i can then just focus on couting and metronome
I read on reddit, that basically if you keep messing up. Just pull up a metronome, set it to ultra slow speed and practise. I guess before this one should be able to nail the song perfectly, as you said
Almost. Of course by reading the notes you already know the rhythm and speed of the notes.
What you’ll achieve with the metronome is get the speed of the song right
Yee, thanks now all of it suddenly makes sense for some reason.
\- I am first practising the song until i can perfectly play it + simple metronome exercises
\- And then onto the metronome
It's something you need to practice more. Pick a song you know very well and has an easy rhythm (all 8th notes). Start super slow (50% or less of original bpm).
I'm sure everyone is different, but I like to tap my foot with the metronome (or drum beat) and my hand syncs with my foot. Tap down on numbers, up on ANDs, 16th in between. I'll count when I start learning a riff, but usually I rely on foot synchronization and listen for the beat once I pick up speed. For me, counting at high speed throws me off.
I just recently came off an injury and couldn't play for a couple months. I was surprised to see how unfamiliar I was with the metronome. It took me some time to get back into using it.
You could also try running a scale or spider exercise tonthe metronome.
I sync the metronome with my foot. Get the foot tapping in time and your playing will be in time. Counting out loud will probably trip you up.
What I do is use the accent on the metronome. So if I'm looking at a bar of 4/4, the accent (ding) is my 1. Instead of worrying about what note or chord or whatever needs to be played on 2, 3, 4, etc., I just need to play all of the notes in the bar and land back on 1 in time with the ding. The clicks are more background to me and the foot is tapping unconsciously with each click, the ding is the focus.
There are also plenty of times I turn the accent off and just leave the clicking going. Works great for practicing scales, or warm-ups, or picking exercises. Set the metronome on something slow, use the click as your base quarter notes and pick with each click then speed up and subdivide that to 8th notes, 16th notes, triplets, etc. Also love jumping between on time and syncopated notes.
It takes some getting used to though. I was a drummer before a guitarist so metronomes are comfortable for me. And my practice routines kind of resemble drum exercises, similar to rudiments and what not. It's amazing how much carryover there is. The key is just to keep playing with one and get to where you don't even notice that it's there.
Try transitioning between quarter, eighth, sixteenth and eighth notes triplets seamlessly then apply that to songs again.