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Saturday, July 28, 2012 @8:36:29 PM
I need help with timing, does any know any excercise routines involving a metronome.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @7:56:21 AM
I play clawhammer style, but I think advice for using a metronome applies to just about any style. Start slowly by associating the clicks to eighth notes. Play your rolls or clawhammer licks slowly so that each click is equivalent to an eighth note. Focus on keeping the notes even value all the way through the A part, then B part, then the whole tune. Set the tempo for the speed that allows you to play the toughest part cleanly. Once you can get through this often (but not necessarily every time), associate the clicks with quarter notes (4 beats per mesaure) and adjust the tempo accordingly. Now a click will match 2 notes in a roll or the bum or the ditty. You may find you need to go back to eighth note clicks to clean things up, but continue to test your self. Gradually increase the tempo with an eye towards keeping the notes evenly spaced. Ultimately you want to set the metronome to play 2 clicks per measure since that's what you hear in the music, whether bluegrass or old-time.
This sounds very basic, and I suppose it is. Still, I'm continually impressed with how many professional players mention practicing with a metronome in Banjo Newsletter interviews.
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