I'm a little confused regarding use of a metronome in my studies. One author-teacher, Ed Friedland, strongly recommends the use of the metronome early and often in gaining and understanding of timing and rhythm On the other hand, I have read strongly worded comments from Jeff Berlin that the device is relatively useless for such ends. I'm just getting to the point where I can play from read and play from simple standard notation, but rhythm control is still giving me problems. A particular problem is getting a handle on measures with just a few eighth notes mixed in with lots of rests. I have a keyboard that can create 100+ drum and metronome beats and time signatures. I can't tell whether using the metronome is good, bad, ugly or pointless. Any suggestions from those who've faced a similar quandry or who have found the use of a metronome helpful?