Today’s topic is PRACTISING WITH A METRONOME!About different kinds of metronomes
– traditional (mechanical) – the one you can see in the lesson is Shiver
– electronic (powered with batteries) – in the video you can see electronic metronome + tuner combo by Korg
– apps for phones and tablets – I use MetroTimer
– exercises at different speeds
– clapping (or tapping)
– counting out loud
– practising subdividing
The description of all these exercises can be found in the PDF (leave your email to download).Practising with the metronome, on the harp
– how to choose the tempo
– making the decision while looking at the time signature
– how recording yourself can help
– should you go, faster, slower or the same as usually?
– how the dynamics may affect your speed perception Problems with metronome and getting out of sync with the metronome
– listen before playing
– hear it in your head
– try getting the first note or two together with the metronome
– keep listening as you progress – you need to know your piece well for this to be possible How to tell if the metronome is…
– too fast
– too slow
… and what to do How to know that you’re ready to progress gradually while playing with a metronome
from 27’55”: “Bells Ringing” from A Bouquet for Young Harpists by Bonnie-Goodrich (about pre-grade 1 standard) from 32’02”: “Theme from the Sonata no 11” by Mozart (grade 4), arranged by Dominic Bouchaud in his book Panorama de la Harpe Celtique vol 1
How can you mark your music to help you with the metronome practice on the harp?
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