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Still think metronomes aren't important?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jd56hawk, May 18, 2019.

  1. daveyo


    Nov 6, 2013
    Jeff Belin doesn't think so,I've never used one,but if it works for you,go for it
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  2. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    A musician who can't keep time ain't worth squat.
  3. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    His drummer was Ringo, soooo....
  4. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
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  5. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    No wonder you don’t like slap.
  6. walking Bass

    walking Bass Supporting Member

    May 24, 2005
    Northern California
    I'd rather have a drummer. Besides who want tic-toc?
  7. JPaulGeddy


    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    Eh, more with Berlin on this one. But who cares, try it and use it if you think it helps. Don't get why it's such a holy war.
  8. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    OK: I confess I don't use a metronome (tic-tocks & beeps are indeed annoying) but I do always practice with a drum machine, drum loops, recorded song, some sort of external time keeping reference really helps keep me sharp and honest.

    Of course if your drummer ISN'T Ringo, he may drift...
  9. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    If ya can't play to a click, ain't nobody finna call you.
  10. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi jd56hawk :)

    Subbed! (waiting for the jokes about drummers :smug:)

    may the bass be with you


    Okay I play:

    You won' t get problems in a restaurant, when you show up with a metronome.:D

    A metronome will stay in time, sitting behind the hot background singers. :laugh:

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  11. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I guess no one noticed Paul has a Hofner metronome and a Ric metronome.
    And some people think you only need one...a Precision metronome!
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  12. No Precision, no time. And vice versa. :)
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  13. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    I guess no one noticed these metronomes are clearly Photoshop.
  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I found that if I just use what works for me (regardless of what anyone else thinks) and don’t try to dictate what somebody else should use, things almost always work out best for everyone. ;):)

    FWIW, playing against a tap delay, or even a simple delay pedal, is also a useful tool to help tighten up your sense of timing. A little more fun too! I’ve been using a delay for many years this way.

    Somebody asked if I saw some Mark King video where he suggested doing the same thing. I hadn’t. But I figure if somebody as rhythmically savvy as Mark King also recommends it, then I can’t be too wrong in my thinking.

    Either way it works for me. Try it yourself (or not) if you like. :thumbsup::)
    Last edited: May 19, 2019
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  16. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Jeff Berlin says a metronome won't help you learn music... and he's right. It's a bit of a waste of time to have that IF you don't know the music (or if you don't know the neck well enough to move to the next note without having to remember where to go). That said, used properly a metronome is a very valuable tool. To avoid it for some kind of philosophical reason is silly.
    -If I'm preparing a piece of music that says it's to be played at 128bpm, I want to know I'm ready for rehearsal.
    -If I'm reading complex rhythms I want to make sure I'm not adding or subtracting beats and having a different sound for the down beat is a good check.
    -If I'm reviewing scales and arpeggios, I want to make sure I'm not rushing (I tend to do that).
    -Check out some of the metronome exercises Wooten suggests. They aren't easy.
    -If you can't play to a click, you've got some kind of technical problem that needs to be addressed.
    Tempo and groove and all that stuff is everyones business, not just the drummer.
  17. non


    Aug 4, 2015
    just reading through to see if any body else noticed the photoshopping.
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  18. I am Soma

    I am Soma Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    Some people dig them.
    Some people don't.

  19. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State

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