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A Metronome is a device that creates a controlled pulse, and can be utilized to set up a steady beat, or speed, measured in beats per minute (BPM). Dietrich Nikolaus Winkel is credited with devising this apparatus in Amsterdam in 1812. Ludwig van Beethoven was the first significant composer to use the metronome. Obviously, with the arrival of electronic equipment, then the internet, there are a huge array of metronomes nowadays that are in several respects superior to the outdated wind-up versions!

If you are interested in being a speedy and tidy flatpicker, among the smartest things you could do is to exercise having a metronome. You may say, “I do not have a metronome.” Well, I won’t let you use that as a justification–since now you can go to an online metronome whenever you desire, and it will not cost you a penny! Just go to:

So, nowadays you’ve got a metronome. Now you might wonder, “Why do I want a metronome?” You might believe you have a perfectly good sense of rhythm. Be ready to be amazed when you begin to practice with a metronome. Even though you believe that you are playing these bluegrass licks, fiddle songs, or lead guitar rests very nicely, you might find that you’re enjoying a few of the parts well, in spite of the fact that you’re quite sloppy on different elements–and you did not even understand it–before it was subjected by that horrible, mean metronome!

How do you start to practice with the online metronome? Decide which song you would like to practice and adjust the time of the metronome till its rhythm is in a speed that is a lot slower than you’d ever play the song. Yes, that’s correct–considerably slower! By forcing yourself to perform slower you’re actually getting in touch with what is really going on at the part of music you’re playing.