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Posted by Ed on December 23, 1999 at 12:34:55:

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.

Yeah, it would help knowing what you are working on when you are using the metronome. I'm not sure why you think your time is going to get better by not using the metronome.Do you ever play duo with another player and the nome? This tends to point out time problems since you have to actually make music with another person and keep on the click.
What kind of music do you play? I would generally be cautious about playing along with records unless you know the time is good on them (the Aebersold BIRD record rushes like a bastard, as does pretty much anything with Art Blakey & the Messengers). You want to have confidence in your time feel. If you cna play with the nome and no problems, and with someone else and the nome with no problems, then you maybe not hearing the time from the downbeat of the tune. If you can hear the melody at it's original tempo throughout the tune, then you shouldn't have problems.
How long have you been playing? Is fatigue a factor? How's the drummer? If you feel liked you are locked in with him and the time is dragging, then you're not playing the tune you're playing with the drummer. Anyway, more info and we can get more specific.

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