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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
: habit?

: Thanks.

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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