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Posted by El Pájaro on July 11, 2000 at 10:37:53:

In Reply to: Metronome vs Drum Machine posted by Glen on July 11, 2000 at 09:06:52:

: I agree that practicing to a drum machine is more fun than to a metronome BUT....

: A drum machine provides the 'feel' for you, so you don't really learn to *create* the feel. A metronome leaves you high & dry; there's no cover so you get to hear just how good or bad you really are. If you can 'swing' playing w/ a metronome, you will have no problem when you play w/ other musicians.

: So use the drum machine til you develop a bit as a player & become comfortable w/ your instrument - then switch to a metronome and start really *listening* to the musicality of your playing! Can you & other listeners 'feel' the swing in your playing? Can they feel the funk? Can you rock them to their bones?

: With a drum machine, you're keeping time; w/ a metronome, you're *creating* perfect time. Good luck!


Allright Glen you certainly raised quite a few good points in your post! However, I can't say I agree completely. To the point: I don't believe drum machines could ever "provide a feel". No machine sounds like a human being, not even the more advanced ones with all those "random quantizing" and "groove" functions, so IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, there's no way to get a feel out of a machine. If you can't swing to a metronome click, you'll never swing to a drum machine either. That's why I think practicing time with a drum machine makes no difference to doing the same with a metronome. The only "feel providers", as far as I'm concerned, are human drummers (preferably sober ones ;-) ).
That's my two pennies worth, people. For the record: Glen has proved to be quite knowledgeable about bass and music, so I respect his opinion as much as I respect anybody else's. Do you agree or desagree with him and/or me? Speak up!
Buena suerte and keep your basses up front in the mix,
El Pájaro

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