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May 5, 2024 - 11:09:40 AM
2921 posts since 2/19/2008

I like using metronomes. But the freebee metronomes just aren't working for me anymore.

I've been using free metronomes on my iPhone and laptop for a while. But being a bluegrass banjo player, I have issues with the iPhone and laptop speaker being loud enough. I can use Bluetooth and plug in speakers, but there's all sorts of extra hassles that go along with them. Bluetooth speakers sometimes experience latency which is annoying. And plug in speakers are just another thing I have to drag along with me when I travel.

Anybody have any travel metronomes they really like? Send me some ideas

May 5, 2024 - 2:12:18 PM
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1429 posts since 1/26/2011
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Well an obvious solution would be to wear headphones or earbuds with your phone. If you need to hear but want to use headphones get open backs.

I have a Boss DB90 that I use, but it might be a little large for travel.

May 5, 2024 - 2:38:56 PM
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535 posts since 4/19/2011

I really enjoy Strum Machine more than metronomes. You play along with rhythm guitar, bass, mandolin chop backtracks. You can modify the "band settings". Its just more fun but, of course, its not free and although the library is extensive, there might be a tune or 2 not available.

May 5, 2024 - 2:53:47 PM
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5853 posts since 5/29/2011

I have one of these. I know it seems old-fashioned and outdated but there is an advantage to having the swinging arm. With a digital metronome, all you have is the beat. With an old-time metronome, you can see the arm swing and anticipate the beat. That gives you a split-second advantage to hit the beat on time.

I have another, smaller model that I can carry in my case. It's called a Crown Mini Metronome and it's available on the accessories page at Shar Music. I tried to download a picture of it but it was in the wrong format. They have the compact model for $24.99.


Edited by - Culloden on 05/05/2024 14:58:14

May 5, 2024 - 3:50:22 PM
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