3 Simple Steps to Practice Guitar with a Metronome

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, April 20, 2018

Old School Metronome
Rhythm is the organized structure of beats in time. A great rhythm can compel you to bob your head, tap your feet, and get up and dance! For that reason, you should dedicate some practice time each day working with a metronome to improve your rhythmic skills.

 

What’s a Metronome?

A metronome is a device that produces an audible click at regular intervals, usually beats per minute (bpm). Metronomes come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re usually pretty cheap. In fact, you can download some great metronome apps on your iPhone or Android device for just a few bucks!

Practicing Guitar with a Metronome

There are many ways to practice guitar with a metronome. The simplest way to get started is to set your metronome to a comfortable tempo like 80 bpm. For the purpose of this lesson, we’ll use the following chord progression: || E| D| A|A :||

 

Step 1: Quarter Notes

Quarter Notes Chord Progression

 

Step 2: Half Notes

Half Notes Chord Progression

Step 3: Whole Notes

Whole Notes Chord Progression

 

Bonus Step: Jam with the Band!

Once you have all the parts together, try to play along with the band! Try alternating between quarter notes, half notes, and whole notes!

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