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Subject: Electronic metronomes
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 21 May 08 - 04:21 AM

I have a traditional wind up wooden metronome and I find ti quite useful to play to. Apart from giving time it has a sort of mesmeric effect which enables mere to play for quite a while with out losing attention.

Much more fun is to play to an electronic keyboard which has 128 pre-recorded rhythms including jigs reels and polkas. trouble is it's a bit big and cumbersome.

Has anyone come across a small electronic box with a speaker that would do the same thing?

Yes I know I should get out more and play with human musicians>

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 May 08 - 04:28 AM

I used to to have a little one that fitted in the ear so as to be silent to everyone else; I think it was made by Korg. Did I give up on it - or did it give up on me? Either way, it's long gone now!


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 May 08 - 04:34 AM

PS - Rachel's bought me an electronic Shruti Box off ebay which has a metronome function. Read all about it HERE. Something to look forward to at a future Beech session perhaps, once I dig my old wide-bore clarinets out of storage...


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: glueman
Date: 21 May 08 - 04:42 AM

I use something called a Qwiktime. It has every tempo and speed and fits in a pocket. You can have it on speaker or ear phone and it gives an authentic(ish) block noise. It cost £18.99 earlier this year. You can get different makes much cheaper.


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:11 AM

Thanks Sedayne and Glueman,

do either or both of these devises enable me to choose 6/8 or 3/2 as a rhythm?

Cheers
Les

PS S & R sing well together can we have some more?


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Ed.
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:20 AM

The Boss DB-60 seems quite good.


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Tangledwood
Date: 21 May 08 - 06:11 AM

If you have a PDA there is software available. Pocket Tune 2.05 is freeware, it can be found easily with Google. It will handle 6/8 but not 3/2.


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 21 May 08 - 02:08 PM

I used to have a tuner with built-in metronome I bought for teaching purposes. Pile of ****, the tempo could only be set to the nearest 2 or 3 bpm , and the hideous, annoying beep it made would be drowned out by the sound of two spanish guitars. I lost it, and didn't notice for a month.


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Nickhere
Date: 21 May 08 - 02:20 PM

That's a good link, Ed. I'm actually thinking of getting a metronome as well. When I play with other musicians there isn't such a problem but if you jam away on your own for a long time you tend to develop a lot of off-beat rythms. I went around and asked about the old-fashioned tick-tock kind as I have an irrational belief they are better. Better they may be, but I had to clutch onto nearby sheet music stands for support when they told me the price..! I thought the electronic one would have been more expensive and fancy, but apparently not. So it looks like electronic is the way to go. I just dread getting an unreliable thing that looks like a prop off Star trek and that will make some horribly annoying sound...!


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 21 May 08 - 02:28 PM

Only applicable in a few places, but my electronic metronome (and the accompanying but separate sound level meter) both came from Radio Shack. I don't use either very much but they both appear comparable in quality/performance to "real products" costing a bit more from more conventional music supply places.

John


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Gurney
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:01 PM

There are assembly kits available for simple electronic metronomes. Or rather, there were, because I have one that was built from a kit by my son, when he showed interest in electronics.

Were available from Dick Smith in Australasia. Breadboarded and ugly, and not very loud. Infinitely adjustable tempo, for playing purposes, too fast to too slow.


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:27 PM

Maybe if someone came up with one of These with preset & programmable bodhran rhythms...


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:31 PM

I feel sure I could dig up some famous drummer but a machine that goes 6/8 4/4, 2/4 would probably do.


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Tootler
Date: 21 May 08 - 06:24 PM

I have a Korg MA 30. It should do all you want and not too expensive.

More information here


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 21 May 08 - 06:42 PM

The beauty of a metronome is the opportunity to learn slow - in rhthym - and then slowly speed up - until a complex piece is mastered.

It should be very simple to use basic software - (at different tempos) to create mp3/ipod tracks.

Personally, I like the old reverse pendulum windup.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Musical recordings - for syncopatic Latin beats - listening-tapping - over and over and over - Eyi Yie Yie! Very difficult! (for me)


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Grab
Date: 22 May 08 - 08:33 AM

Find one that makes a click rather than a beep. If there is anything more annoying than a beeping electronic metronome, I've yet to experience it. And that includes "I know a song that'll get on your nerves"...

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: The Sandman
Date: 23 May 08 - 07:41 AM

LESIN CHORLTON, on my electronic metronome I practice jigs at about 115,you tap your fooT on first and fourth beats.DickMiles


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 23 May 08 - 08:27 AM

Thanks Dick,

I bought a cheap one yesterday a "Cherub Intelligent Metronome" £10 plus three picks. It seems to do what a Korg did for £35 probably not so robust. 115 is a quick for us at the moment, trouble is we practice at 105 then get to about 200 and disorganised through sheer nerves on the one occasion we play out!

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: The Sandman
Date: 23 May 08 - 09:04 AM

les try 108 or 104,to start with,I reckon dancing speed is anything from 108 to 120,setdances like stpatricksday i play at 92.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: nickp
Date: 23 May 08 - 10:11 AM

I had a small black clip on one - a bit like some of the recent tuners. Trouble was that it didn't keep a constatnt speed! Sort of defeated the object...


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 07:36 PM

The iTunes app stores has more than 200 apps for metronomes or that contain metronomes in addition to other functions. And that's to say nothing of the apps for the iPad...

Today I heard about one app that solves the "beep" versus "click" problem: "Chatternome" (web link, not iTunes), for iPhone:

One, two, three and four -- a practice metronome that speaks the beats out loud.

Designed by a cognitive psychologist (and aspiring amateur musician) to make his own practice regime more efficient.

Also includes a trainer that can automatically speed up or slow down the tempo. Counts in 8th notes, sixteenths, and triplets. Even lets you make your own beats.

Great for instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers, too.

Ease the burden on your practicing brain by having Chatternome speak the beats for you.

One of the problems that I have with metronomes is that if you slip a beat you don't necessarily know where you are in the measure. Some electronic metronomes will give you a louder click based on the time signature, but this seems like it would be even easier to understand. I'm giving it a try.

More about the creator of the app on this thread: 'Guitar Zero' book on music learning .

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 06 Aug 13 - 08:52 AM

Thought I would refresh this thread as all things digital move on a bit.

What the current best in Electronic metronomes

Les


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: Tootler
Date: 06 Aug 13 - 01:52 PM

Some years ago, I created some midi arrangements of dance tunes. I would then mute the main melody part and play along with them. Much more fun than playing with a metronome but just as effective. With a good midi player, you can change the tempo. It was very good for getting tunes up to speed and also for learning to play with consistent tempo.

I put many of them on my website. They are still there, though maybe a bit dated now.

http://www.pteratunes.org.uk/Music/Music/index.html


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Subject: RE: Electronic metronomes
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Aug 13 - 11:47 PM

www.nch.com.au/metronome/index.html

Multiple platforms all free.

Android - MAC - PC - I-phone


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