What A Metronome Is?
” A metronome is a device that produces an audible beat—a click or other sound—at regular intervals that the user can set in beats per minute (BPM). Musicians use the device to practice playing to a regular pulse. Metronomes typically include synchronized visual motion (e.g., swinging pendulum or blinking lights). ” (Cite: Wikipedia)
When you are playing a song, it is very important that your rhythm is consistently and accurately hit at the exact timing or beat. Especially when you are jamming in a band. But this doesn’t mean you have to play a particular song in it original pace.
As a beginner or when practicing a new song, you can always start playing it at your own pace. For instance, if a song originally played at a tempo of 120 BPM, before you can play at this tempo, you may start practicing at a lower tempo, let’s say 50 BPM or even lower. Once you’re comfortable with this tempo and able to follow every single beats, then you may slightly increase to 60 BPM and keep on practice, until you’re able to catch up with its original tempo.
Here is one of my favorite metronome’s app that I use it quite often. It’s FREE!
List of features:
– Fine tempo tuning from 10 to 230 BPM
– Tap tempo
– Load and save presets
– Adjustable tempo signature for simple, compound and complex meters.
– From 2 to 20 beats per measure
– Beat subdivision as quarter, eighth, triplet, sixteenth, quintuplet and sextuplet notes
– Beat emphasis
– 4 soundpacks
– Adjustable volume
– Visual beat counter
– Italian tempo markings
– Automatically turns off when there´s an incoming call
– Runs in background
– Settings are saved automatically on exit
Or sometimes I would prefer something that’s simple and nice.
- Stable tempo
- 1st beat accent
- Store “Favorites” for quick tempo recall (great for setting tempos for live performances)
- Visual click for silent operation
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In case you are not ready to get an electronic guitar tuner or for whatever reasons. You could try download and install a Free app to your smartphone or tablet.
Before I get my first electronic guitar tuner, I myself had tried a few guitar tuner apps. Some are pretty cool and accurate but some really suck.
One of the best guitar tuner app I had ever tried is gStrings, and I’m still using it when my electronic guitar tuner is not with me or when its battery is dead. gStrings is a chromatic tuner using sound-detection method with your smartphone. It’s one of the highest ranking guitar tuner app in Google Search. The app itself also having a rating of over 4.5 out of 5 Stars, and it is verified as one of the safe to download app.
- Multiple built-in instruments and tunings.
- Support for user-defined custom tunings.
- A long list of built-in temperaments (just, pythagorean, meantone, comma, etc.).
- Support for user-defined custom temperaments.
- Orchestra tuning (shifting/redefining tone frequencies).
- Pitch pipe.
Although there are some negative feedbacks, but I think the problem may not be the app itself. I noticed that some smartphones are not working well or totally not working at all, after I had installed and tested on my two different smartphones. One is working fine with almost accurate at all time (in a quiet room or area) compared to my electronic guitar tuner. The other one although seems like no problem in operating, but the accuracy is totally out during tuning.
So, my conclusion is better get a certified guitar tuner if you’re going for a jamming or going for a solo performance, else smartphone app is an alternative or temporary choice for your home use.
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The fastest and easiest way to fine tune your guitar is to use an electronic guitar tuner. Of cause you may use a downloaded app in your smart phone to do that, but it may not work well in a public or noisy area. Further more some apps have not been verified on its accuracy, we can’t judge whether is correct or not. The size of a smart phone is still much more bigger than an electronic tuner, it is not easy to put as close as to your guitar during tuning.
A portable clip-on tuner is more likely to be more convenient and accurate as they are factory calibrated, closer to your guitar as it will be clipped on the headstock, easy to view indicator which is good during tuning.
Price is always a final concern when come to a buying stage. Here I have done a review on two lowest price brands which can be bought at amazon. Both are fine for home and personal use and price are pretty close to each other.
Getaria AT-101 seems to have a pretty good five stars review from their users than Mugig T-1, but I found that its specification is uncleared as compared to Mugig. First, it doesn’t state the detection mode it has, either by sound, by vibration or both, and not sure whether got Auto-Power-Off function.
Since both are just different by a few dime, so is up to the buyer to decide.
After a few week of busy works, finally I have some free time on this weekend. Trying to have some fun with a few strum with my guitar, seem like my fingers are not in the mood of moving. Well I guess if you want to stay in an optimum state, you’ll have to be persistently practicing your skill.