Jazz Guitar Lesson: How to use a metronome and work at different tempos - Beginner Lesson





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Published on Jun 24, 2009

Jazz Guitar Lesson: How to use a metronome and work at different tempos

Time feel and rhythms are omnipresent in Jazz music. African rhythms and European classical harmonies meet in this American art form.

Yet, when is the last time you worked on time or rhythms specifically? Do you use the metronome often for your Jazz guitar practice?

I believe every Jazz guitarist should be conscious of the groove. As accompanists and soloists our "time feel" should be comparable to the ones of drummers, bassists, pianists and saxophonists! (feww...)

Working with the metronome is the first step in time awareness for all musicians. Use it today and you'll be rewarded!

My personal philosophy: practice at 4 different tempos each day. And eventually, you'll be able to "click" in at virtually any tempo. (Slow or fast, or in between). It's a technique to develop a "rhythm pocket" everywhere, as described by Mick Goodrick.

We do this because we have our personal preferred tempos. Even if we don't notice it, we always "slip back" by speeding up or slowing down. The "16 different tempos" technique allow us to be solid anywhere.

There's another video that explains (more clearly) how to use the metronome on beats 2&4 or every bar. See:

See the "Time and Rhythms" playlist for JazzGuitarLessons.net on Youtube:

Also see http://www.jazzguitarlessons.net for more lessons.


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