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Posted by xarberry on December 21, 1999 at 22:30:13:
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
I'm not sure just what kind of things you've been practicing with your 'nome, and I'm not sure if this will you do any good, but:
I play a lot of jazz and latin stuff, where I am playing right on top of the beat(as in, almost before the beat occurs)and a lot of quarter notes on almost every beat of a tune. Not dragging a tempo requires good communication between you and a drummer, and mucho focus. One of the things that was suggested to me when I was learning to play walking lines was to set the metronome on a really low setting, like 40, or however low it'll go, and then, make each "tick" of the 'nome your beat # 1. Then, between each tick, count 1(right on the tick) 2 3 4, so you have to count evenly between the ticks, and the nome is only a reference point every 4 beats. Perhaps that will get you a little more independent.
Once you're doing that confidently, try variations, such as putting the tick on the 2, like 1 - tick - 3 - 4. Or do it in 5. Or 3. Or 7. Stay creative. :) An alternative would be to find a good drummer to play with (playing along with CDs is good too) and listen to her or him. Peace~
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