Importance of Metronome
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.
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!)
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).
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!