METRONOME TRAINING COURSE
Session 1 - Introduction
noun: metronome; plural noun: metronomes
a device used by musicians that marks time at a selected rate by giving a regular tick.
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This training is not designed to be a difficult course. It is designed to train your ear to learn to play perfectly in sync with a metronome. The metronome is a tool used to identify the “tempo” (speed) of a song, to help prevent speeding up, dragging, and to tighten our individual playing and playing as a team. This course is designed for all skill levels and will reinforce basic concepts, cover music theory, and will help in preparing you to successful play with a metronome during group rehearsal times.
Each day, you will get a reminder text with a link to a mini lesson teaching the topic of the day, a worship song sheet from our current repertoire, and step by step instructions on how to practice the metronome with your instrument for that day. It also may include a sound clip, short video, or other instructing materials. Expect to spend between 15-20 minutes for each day’s assignment. Do your best to complete each day’s course, as all of the concepts build on previous lessons. Also, it is to your benefit to not skip over exercises or teachings!
If you regularly are scheduled to play multiple instruments, please try to practice with both of them! Vocalists, this is applicable to you too! Where an instrument would strum or play a note, you can clap the beat and/or sing the beat. While practicing with a worship song, try and sing the whole song while using the metronome.
By the end of these 14 days, we do not expect you to be an expert at playing with a steady beat. However, our goal is for all of us to become comfortable in our individual practice times playing with a metronome, in order to more successfully play together in corporate rehearsal times. By practicing theory and simple musical exercises, we are developing the thinking behind the playing. The level of excellence we strive for in our individual practice will overflow into our time playing together as a team!
Time Signature- an indication of rhythm written in fraction form. The top number indicates how many beats arein each measure. The bottom number defines which note equals one beat.
Subdivision- How each beat is divided.
Song Duration-How long your metronome will play. Measured by musical bars (measures) or minutes.
BPM- Beats per minute
Tempo- how fast or slow a beat is. Marked by BMP or tempo names (largo, andante, moderato, allegretto, allegro)
The Metronome app
Click below to download the free metronome app that we will be using for our daily exercises
Start and stop by the touch of the triangular button.
Easily change time signature, subdivision, and duration with the touch of the button.
Change the BPM by turning the knob, which provides the tempo name above the BPM number.
Tap button allows you to tap in a tempo without needing to know the exact BPM.
Change the accent of the beat by tapping the “set of three box” that lights up when the metronome plays.
Swipe up to enable a “count in”, short-cut save song setting, and disable or enable metronome sound. Library Features
In the song library, create a set beat and set up to practice to a specific song.
In the set list library, create a specific order of songs (for example, songs for your Thursday practice) from your song library.
Load your song or set lists that you prepared in the library to your metronome. When loaded, return to compose and your metronome will be programmed to play the beats your songs were created at.