Want to make your practice more effective? Practice with a metronome. A metronome is a device that can be set to make a ticking sound at different rates of speed used to set the tempo for playing a musical piece. For example, if you set the metronome to 60, you will hear 60 ticks(beats) every minute. If you set the metronome to 120, you will hear 120 ticks(beats) in every minute. So a setting of 120 is twice as fast as a setting of 60. The higher the number the faster the tempo.
A metronome helps you keep a steady beat. It’s like having the director next to you clapping the tempo. When practicing a hard section, set the metronome slower to maintain a consistent tempo until the section is mastered, then slowly move the metronome up to the suggested tempo.
Metronomes can be purchased at any music retailer. Or, a FREE online metronome is available for use. Remember the practice sessions should be free of distractions, so no “instant messaging” while using the online metronome!