A metronome is any device that produces a regulated audible and/or visual pulse, usually used to establish a steady beat, or tempo, measured in beats-per-minute (BPM) for the performance of musical compositions. It is an invaluable practice tool for musicians that goes back hundreds of years.
I have accumulated several metro devices over the years from the the classic wind-up pendulum metronome to various electronic metronomes.
Some musicians swear by them and others swear at them. But - one think for sure. EVERY musician is responsible for keeping and playing in time. An external time device like a metronome can be used too develop a great internal sense of time.
I have ALL my students work on playing in time.
Tuner, Metronomes and more...
(from their site) - In the early 1960s, Korg founder Tsutomu Katoh was a nightclub proprietor. A popular Japanese accordionist and engineer named Tadashi Osanai performed regularly at Mr. Katoh’s club, and one evening, Mr. Katoh told Osanai it would be nice to have a rhythm machine to keep the beat. Mr. Osanai was sure he could build a rhythm machine himself, and convinced Mr. Katoh to finance his efforts.
This looks like a great metronome that would be a valuable resource for any musician and especially teachers.
There web site has a lot of great information on playing and developing time.
What IS IT?
The RhythmSource Metronome allows you to see as well as hear time, pulse, and meter.
The patented user-friendly visual interface makes practice more enjoyable with faster results as you stay in close touch with the meter, and the potential for silences within the phrases to develop your inner pulse.
Editor's Note: (Feb 2007) The MT9000 is the tuner and metronome that I use and reccommend to all my students.
Editor's Note: (JUne 2009) The ZOID Clip-on Tuner has some nice features but durabality is not one of them. It looks sturdy but the my uke fell over on the tuner and it broke where the post connects to the tune. I would not reccommend this for anyone but the most careful person. And, we can be careful but not have control over others around our instruments. These clip-on design should have not made it out of design and testing.
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Links & information regarding software metronomes.
- Metronome (link ) - Metronome is a free metronome for Mac OS X. (Requires Mac OS 10.3 or later. Metronome is a Universal Binary which runs 'natively' on both Intel and PPC Macs.)
- Metronome 1.8 (link ) - Metronome is a nice and useful metronome. It closely mimics a real world clockwork metronome in that it has a bell which you can set to sound at intervals of every 2, 3, 4 or 6 beats.
- Dr. Betotte (link ) - Multi divisions programable metronome/beat-box program, create any kind of complicated rhythms for practicing your instruments.
Links & online information regarding metronomes.
- WidipediA: Metronome