Metronome is devise that can produce a steady beat or pulse to help musician play in time. It is measured in
beats / minute (BPM). A tempo marked as 60 BPM equals one beat/ second, while 120 BPM equals two beats/ second,
so on and so forth
A metronome helps to maintain a steady tempo. It is used both in live performances and recording studios
to ensure an accurate tempo throughout the performance or session. Therefore it is important that musicians uses
that during practise so that they are able to maintain the tempo during live performance and recording sessions.
What is the purpose of a metronome while practising music?
While playing as a band or recording a song, many musicians will be involved. Therefore the tempo or beat
or speed of the song has to be same for all musicians. In case each musician plays all the notes exactly but at different
tempo it will be a complete mess. Therefore the beat or tempo has to be common for all musicians. A metronome helps to
maintain the tempo of the song.
How to use a metronome?
Decide the tempo of the song, you can use the slider to set the required BPM. To set slower tempo slide to the left and
for higher temp slide to the right.
You can also adjust the time signature of the song. Select the number of beats per measure at the bottom. Most songs are
played as 4,3,2 beats per measure. In music notation they are denoted by time signature 4/4, 3/4 and 2/2.
When you start using the metronome it will be little difficult to maintain the timing, but with experience you will be
maintain good timing, which is essential for being a good musician.