4/4 with diminishing click - longer and longer gaps between the clicks. From "Beyond the Metronome"




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Published on Feb 8, 2013

This is from Chapter 3 "The Diminishing Click" - its a tough one, the earlier exercises such as the Decreasing Click are much easier. It's an exercise to help with steady tempo. Can you keep the same tempo even through longer and longer silences? To set this up in Bounce Metronome go to Ctrl + 245, go to the Most version of this window (go to Opts ≫ Advanced if you don't see the More buttons) and then click on Mac's diminishing click.

Relaxation is the key, and you can get so you feel that you are playing the click rather than the other way around. It's okay to micro-adjust as you go, but stop when you feel that you have lost the tempo completely - and see how far you got. Then you can keep track of how far you get each time.

This is just a brief recap of what Mac Santiago says in his book. If you haven't read the book you should get it and read it first if you can :).

For detailed help and instruction for this exercise get his book from:

You might find that the visual bounces make it easier than it would be just using the sound. So you can also try doing it without looking at the screen and see if you can still get to the end, or how far you get.

For detailed advice about how to use this exercise see Chapter 4 of

From Lesson 5, Chapter 1 of "Beyond the Metronome, becoming an Inchronous Musician" by Mac Santiago.


Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (Ctrl + 245)

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Click Mac's Diminishing Click - which sets it up as follows (you can also do this by hand):

Tempo progressions - set to Measures tempo as % of first, then enter the numbers as:
100 100 100 100 50 25

Rhythm progressions
2/2 4/4 2/2 1/1 1/0.5 1/0.25

Numbers of measures for rhythms:
1, 5, 8, 8, 3, 3,


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