How To Practice Guitar With A Metronome
Under: Guitar Lessons
It’s that simple. Really, if you want to improve massively this year work on your timing, work on your groove. Work on making it sound even and consistent. A metronome can help. But, don’t become a drum machine! I recommend using a Korg TM60BK Tuner Metronome, which is available on Amazon for $23!
Here’s how to practice the guitar with a metronome. Start with these simple timing exercises.
#1 The feel
Make everything you play on the guitar feel great and not like an exercise. Because when you play exercises, you sound bored. It’s easy to tick the box and move on. Instead, focus on making every beat count.
#2 Play some Motown
Buy a Motown CD and write out the songs. Then pick one song, grab a guitar and play the tune over and over again. Play only off beats (2 and 4). Make sure you get it right, each and every time and restart if you don’t. If you only follow this tip, then you’ll see your timing improve. Plus it’s fun to play along with Motown.
#3 You and the metronome
Run through one of the Motown songs just with a metronome. Yes, you, a guitar and the clicker of death! Ummm… well maybe not! The trick here is to hear the parts that are missing in your head like it was on the cd. Try it, it works.
#4 Try pop music too
This works on pop tunes as well, so get your “friends” Bieber CD and play along with the CD. When you’re comfortable, turn it off and work with a metronome.
Why pop music? Ah, both pop music and Motown are harmonically simple and therefore after a short time you will not be focusing on what you’re playing but does it sound and feel.
#5 Keep arranging
Try something different in the chorus. How about playing one change per bar? Or maybe even holding the chords over the bar lines? Either will provide a nice comparison to the off beats you’re playing in the verse.
Start this time with only the metronome then move to the CD when you have nailed it. Remember that’s the thing; focus on getting it together and really playing well.
So there you have how to practice guitar with a metronome. Seriously, it will help you keep better time and feel, and make you easier to play with.