To some musicians there’s nothing as tedious as practising with a metronome, but it doesn’t have to be as painful of a task as you think. Make practice with a metronome a little more enjoyable with these exercises.

 

“The Ultra Slow Lock In”

Playing ultra fast to a click requires skill, but have you ever tried playing with metronome set really slow? Try playing a song, riff or lick at a bpm of 30 an lock in with it. It turns out that sometimes when you’re playing something really fast it may sound more in time than you think. With a slow metronome you have a larger amount of space to hit a note at the wrong time.

 

“The Ultra Slow One Note Lock In”

Similar to the exercise above, this one takes it up a whole other level, set the metronome to a slow bpm and play just one singular note at the same time as the click without playing any notes in between, this gives you very little reference point for the next click and will strengthens your internal clock. You may notice you have to start moving a bit to feel the beat.

 

“Moving The Beat To The 2 & 4”

Often a metronome will be used for the 1 2 3 4, try it with the clicks being the 2 and 4 (no click on the 1 and 3). To get in the groove of this exercise, you can begin the metronome at a speed half of what you want to practise at. Start counting the beats as 2 & 4 then add in the 1 and 3 counts in between them. Now jam along. This is a great exercise to strengthen up your groove.

 

“Using The Beat As Just One Count”

This is a great one to see how good your internal clock is, set your BPM to something slow, the click that you hear will be the one count, and all the other counts will be “invisible” your job is to hold the groove an make sure you land back on that one count in time, it gets trickier depending on how many notes you are playing, use less and you have to rely more on your internal clock to keep the groove together. Try this exercise as well on the 2 3 and 4 count.

 

“The Moving Metronome”

If I remember correctly I got this once from a Victor Wooten bass groove video. This one is great fun! Set your metronome at a slow pace, the click is going to be your one count (similar to the above example) except this time it’s going to move. To get into the groove of this, start the metronome and count 5 counts, as if your in 5/4. once you’ve locked into that count, keep the same tempo of counting, except now count to 4. your metronome click should land on a different count each time like this

ONE two three four

one TWO three four

one two THREE four

one two three FOUR.

Try jamming along to it, you can also try playing along with it an accenting the same note as the click, this will also help you to get use to doing accents on different notes, you can also do this one with any count really making the count land on different beats – 7/4 count to start would go

ONE two three four

one two three FOUR

one two three four

one TWO three four

one two three four

ONE two three four.

 

“Quarter Notes To Eighth Notes To Sixteenth Notes (And Then Triplets)”

This ones great for beginners getting use to the concept of quarter notes, eight note and sixteenth notes or crotchets, quavers and semiquavers. You can use just an open string for this if you like or can even use claps if you don’t have a guitar. Start playing a quarter for the first bar, then eight notes for the second and then sixteenth notes for the third, then back to the start. If you’ve been playing guitar for a while this will probably come pretty so lets step it up a notch, lets add a triplet count in between the eighth and sixteenth notes. Still easy? Lets add a triplet in between each bar, so you would have quarter notes, triplet, eight notes, triplet, sixteenth notes, triplet.

I hope you enjoyed these metronome exercises, let me know how you went in the comments below? Do you have your own exercises you do with a metronome?

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