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
Step 2: Half Notes
Step 3: Whole Notes
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!