OK, I think this thread belongs here but if it should go somewhere else then please feel free to move it. As I've mentioned before on these boards I made the change in direction to bass focused about four months ago. I've been putting in about an hour of practice a day and I was starting to feel that I was doing pretty well. Then today, the vocies of several ex-music teachers ringing in my ears, I decided to play with a metronome. The upshot being that I'm not as good as I thought I was. Two hours of back-to-basics pratice later and things are starting to come together. So, what I want to know from you lovely people is: How and when do you use a metronome? Is it ticking away whenever you play anything? Is it just there for warm-ups and scales? Is its last dull thud only to be heard from inside the bin? I'm trying to make the leap from passable to genuinely good bassist. Where does a metronome, with its steally tick of judgement, fit in? Cheers for all and any help.