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Posted by Josh on December 27, 1999 at 09:52:38:

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.

First, I would like to thank everybody for their thoughtful comments -- I've
never gotten such useful advice from the internet before! I've tried a number
of your suggestions with the metronome -- changing the subdivisions from quarter
notes to half notes, to whole notes and, aside from being really difficult to
adjust to, I can see already that it will make a big difference in my playing.
It really forces you to internalize the pulse much more so than the smaller
subdivisions. Also, in rehearsal with one of my bands, we have been playing
with a click track. Its been useful in working out where to put every beat and
discovering where I may be rushing or dragging a bit. Mostly, I feel as though
I've developed a bad habit with the metronome and have been looking for (and
finding) more constructive ways to work with it.

A number of people asked about my background so real quick -- I've been playing
for about 9 years and currently work with a rock band and a jazz fusion group and
I try to listen to everything from Bach to Miles to Stevie Wonder, etc.

Thanks again.


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