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Importance of Metronome

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Metronome is not only to be used to play pieces. Warm ups – such as scales, arpeggios, and chromatic – can be practiced with a metronome to ensure a steady, equal beat. Using a metronome for etudes can be helpful for learning bow division and varying rhythmic values, as well as making it more challenging through playing at a faster tempo.

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Here are some helpful websites I found that explain more about the metronome – how to use and its importance:

(I’ll be writing about how-to’s of the metronome in a future post!)

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You or your student don’t have access to a metronome or cannot afford one? Don’t worry because there are many free and low-cost metronome apps available for your smart phones and tablets. Although it is preferable to have a physical one – particularly for children – these apps do a fine job. I currently have the “Steinway Metronome,” which I have had no problem using.  A highly rated one for Android devices is called “Mobile Metronome,” which is a free. Others include “Metronome Plus” (available for iOS devices for $1.99), and “Tempo Advance” (available for iOS and Android devices for $.99-$1.99).

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If you’ve used any of these virtual metronome apps, feel free to share your thoughts on them! Which one is your favorite and why?

Also, if you are particularly fan of a certain brand or type of a metronome, let me know!

  1. Maddie
    March 13th, 2013 at 01:48 | #1

    Thanks for the tips on the apps. Often metronomes are bulky but now I can keep my metronome in my pocket.

    • Jiyoung Won
      March 18th, 2013 at 21:05 | #2

      You’re welcome! You’re so right. My biggest problem was forgetting to bring my metronome from place to place, but now I don’t have that problem anymore! :)

  2. Amber
    March 13th, 2013 at 02:15 | #3

    I really love the idea about low cost metronomes. As Maddie said, metronomes are bulky and often a pain to remember. I think that keeping a metronome in your pocket is ideal!

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