Agent_Dark wrote:Disco LT wrote:I've seen metronomes before but I'm not sure if my tuner has an in built one, but I've got no idea how they work or what they do .. do you just start it, and pluck a string each time it does its thing or?
A metronome is a device that gives off a steady beat. Think of it like a clock with a pendulum, except you can adjust how fast the pendulum swings. Each 'click' or 'swing' of the pendulum is 1 beat. They'll also have a chime or a beep which can be set to play every X number of beats, to signify the start of a bar (ie your time signature).
So if the particular piece of music you were trying to learn was set in a 4/4 time signature with a tempo of 100 beats per minute, you'd just adjust the speed of the metronome to 100bpm and set it to chime every 4 beats. Then if you wanted to slow down to make learning the piece easier, you'd adjust the tempo slower on the metronome.
They're a pretty common thing for people learning to play any instrument.
im pretty sure the free to use digital audio workstation AUDACITY has an inbuilt metronome. so if you are practicing near your pc you could use that...
(i use sony acid, and it definitly has one).