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Posted by pete on December 21, 1999 at 17:11:56:

In Reply to: metronome dependence posted by Josh on December 21, 1999 at 14:52:51:

: I've been practicing regularly with a metronome for years now (a practice Jeff
: Berlin has railed against) and I am starting to believe he's right. When the
: metronome is on, I hardly notice it, however, once I turn it off, I find myself
: dragging the time. I am starting to wonder if habitually practicing with the
: metronome is hurting more than its helping. Does anybody have any advice on
: developing good time other than through the metronome or on kicking the metronome
: habit?

: Thanks.

I would suggest practicing along with a cd or a tape of a tune you would enjoy playing.
I don't know what kind of music you are into but,I would suggest something simple at first.
By playing with a recorded piece you are in essence playing along with that bass player and his or her band and hopefully,a real drummer.You will be "forced" into playing in time in order to keep up.Also you will get invaluable experience in grooving.Grooving is that magic place(very hard to put into words)where you will lock with the drummer and the rest of the group and both keep time and propel the music along.You will definatly know when you are doing it right after a while.
It is also important to do as much listening to your favorite music ,as well some that isn't,as possible.This will give you exposure to different styles you may have to cover someday.
I guess my point is to be sure and practice some music everyday not just the excersises.
I hope this helps you out and I wish you luck on your musical journey.
Happy Holidays

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