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Learning to play with a metronome is an essential skill to develop. Here’s why:
Learning to play in time to a metronome will massively improve your understanding of timing. For me, it’s been an essential part of my practice for as long as I can remember.
The truth is, practicing with a metronome is the only way to know whether you’re truly playing in time. If you’re not used to this type of practice, don’t worry – you just need some focused exercises to get you started.
When playing live shows, TesseracT has always performed to a metronome (within Cubase) – and without doing this, we simply wouldn’t be in time with each other.
Exercises to help with timing
The important thing when working through any of these is to focus on playing in a relaxed style and to focus on locking in with the metronome. Understand where the quarter notes are, the 8th notes, the 16th notes, etc – make sure you’re not rushing or dragging. If you are rushing or dragging – SLOW the exercise down.
Double stroke timing exercise
Double Kick Dominant Leg Timing exercise
Three-limb 16th note triplet timing exercise
Developing your control of timing is something that I consider to be crucial for any good drummer. It’s something that I love to help my students with and I cover extensively in my Progressive Drumming Masterclass.
I’d love to speak to you in more detail about this if you’re ready to pour jet fuel on your drumming abilities.
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