How often do you practice slowly? If you’re not doing it, then you must read this:
Is Slow Practice Really Necessary?
We should all know that slow practice does the “magic.” More often than not, we tend to speed things ups and practice the difficult music passages again and again in the original tempo or in a moderately slow one. We do not realize that when we practice the music passages in a super slow manner, we are into building accuracy and making every detail perfect and fit into place so that as we increase the speed, we would be surprised how we were able to play the music perfectly as if it’s magic. So whether we like it or not, slow practice is a way of achieving more in practice and permanently invoking the improvement in one’s performance. In this journey, we need a dependable companion that will tell us if we are really accurately doing our super slow practices. We need to check if our notes are even or if we are in the right timing though we are playing in a super slow speed. Also, we need a guide as we gradually increase our speed or tempo. Without the checking, all of our efforts might just be put into waste.
It’s the metronome!
By this device, we can tell whether we are in the right tempo or not. It can guide us through different rhythmic patterns and pacing. As musicians, we need to master the sense of timing. We need to learn patience and control because the secret of playing fast and complex music passages well is being able to master it accurately and play it well in a very slow speed.
As the great classical guitarist David Russell says,
During practice hours we sometimes need an extra incentive to keep us going. MetroMan can be great help.
He is a good companion, he never complains, he is always in time and keeps going no matter how well or badly you play.
He may not be the greatest artist around but sometimes your best friend is not the most exciting friend, just the most reliable.
We should start befriending the metronome now.