Sweet New Metronome You Feel Instead of Hear

Check this one out! What a great idea, especially the ability to synchronize the beat across a group. How about 75 of them for a concert band? Or 20 for a jazz band? Maybe they would cut a deal for large orders like that. I’d ask them, if you’ve got the money. Or even four…

Not Your Daddy’s Metronome: Alem’s Mad Beats

The metronome is a pretty useful tool. At a workshop, jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas said he gave up practicing with a metronome because it’s too mechanical and he felt rhythm and beat was more organic, less mechanical and unyielding. I get that, and agree, but I’ve found the metronome to be useful for especially challenging…

Top 10 Practice Strategies

This is today’s top 10. On any other day, I might list different strategies. They’re all important. Don’t wait to understand something (practice, music theory, scales, love, whatever). Do it first. Do it a lot. The understanding will come later. GO SLOWLY! This is perhaps the most difficult and yet the simplest item on the…

Drum Genius? Jazz Beats

Playing with backing tracks is usually more fun than playing with a metronome. Not always more helpful, but nearly always more fun. I use iTabla Pro, Brazilian Drum Machine, Afro-Latin Drum Machine, and Djembe Studio pretty regularly. I just downloaded the latest rhthm backing track/metronome DrumGenius and love it. Not only does it have a…