A Metra-What? Using a Click to Become a Better Musician

February 9, 2012

An often overlooked tool for a worship leader or musician is a metronome.  Such a simple device that most musicians think of as something intended for a classical player can be an awesome resource to help make you stronger at your craft.  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Get a Metronome – Simple enough, you can even use one online for free right now.  No excuses!
  • Practice Scales – 5 minutes of focused effort using a metronome to play scales is more effective than a half hour without a metronome.  Practice some simple scales every day for a couple minutes.  Start at a comfortable speed and increase a little bit every day.  You’ll be a much more proficient player before you even realize it.
  • Practice Difficult Riffs – Break down a song that is too difficult for you, slow it down and play with a metronome.  Build yourself up to speed.  It doesn’t take long at all.
  • Use clicks with your Worship Team – I’m a huge fan of using clicks for a worship set to really tighten up the music.  You don’t have to go that far but even using clicks during a rehearsal will help the overall groove of your team as you’re learning together how to have good timing.

Be intentional about your rehearsal time.  Challenge yourself and your peers to become better musicians.

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2 responses to A Metra-What? Using a Click to Become a Better Musician

  1. This is cool!

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