Most musicians overlook using a metronome in the beginning and would rather spend their money on sheet music or a fancy new gadget. The truth is when we are learning a new instrument, timing seems to not matter as much and this could be a big problem down the road for your music playing.
You can pick up a beginner’s metronome for 20-30 dollars from a music store or online and most know what a metronome is. What is a metronome? For those of you that don’t, a metronome is used to keep tempo and can be adjusted. The metronome will usually make a clicking sound or a beat and can be adjusted by beats per minute. When just starting out on any instrument you want to make sure to start at a slower tempo and move up from there.
Why a Metronome is for Every Artist
If you are an aspiring artist, you will want to be a master of tempo. Especially in the recording studio or and any concert you are performing in. The first thing that stands out like a sore thumb is someone that lacks the proper timing and tries to speed up or push the tempo. It makes the music sound off and creates a poor quality recording. Also the more you practice with a metronome, the more that you wont need it down the road and will be able to play in tempo with others.
If you are on a budget and are unable to buy a metronome or are still on the fence, you can go to youtube and play videos with a specific bpm (beat per minute) and follow a long. Some of the cheapest metronomes you will find in any music store will more than likely be digital. These metronomes are very easy to use and come with many different tempos.
When to Start Using a Metronome?
Some ask when a good time is to start using a metronome. I always tell them the best time is now! You will always benefit from using one and even when I play more difficult music it helps during those tough passages. Metronomes have been around for a very long time and even Beethoven used one. I am no where near a professional and am learning piano at the moment. I have been using a great resource that all piano musicians should use and this website also includes more information on metronomes as well as sheet music http://www.burningbushesmusic.com.
On any instrument we learn, there is going to be sheet music out there and learning any new piece of music will require time and dedication. Please make sure to study with the correct tools. The metronome being one of them. If you are still struggling with any sheet music, please reach out to use and we will be able to assist you. Also, we have included a resource for you to go off of if you want to learn more. Please include any requests below if you want us to pick a specific instrument for our next post!
Metronome at 60 BPM: