Improve Your Rhythm – How to Practice With a Metronome

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Wondering how you can improve your rhythm on the guitar? Wanna learn how to practice with a metronome and make your timing a lot better? Well, here’s a lesson on that. This is applied to playing scales.

The metronome being used is a digital one. Avoid using the pendulum ones because if you put them down on a surface that isn’t completely flat, your beat will vary. Digital metronomes will work at any angle, in any place. The digital metronome goes from 0 – 200 beats per minute. The scale being used in this lesson today is the E pentatonic minor scale – pentatonic means five notes.

Why would you want to use a metronome to practice your scales? Timing and accuracy. There is nobody that is so great with their timing that they wouldn’t benefit from a little time logged with a metronome.

The E pentatonic minor scale should only be played with the fingering shown in this lesson.

The metronome really helps your pick hand, the right hand. No matter how fast the left hand can dazzle people on the fretboard, it’s the right hand that connects to the strings and makes the difference.

Play your notes as long as you can – let them ring out for the full duration of the beat. Choose a tempo that you are comfortable with. You can increase the tempo the faster you get. The tempo should be challenging, but not fast enough to make you stumble a lot.

Why practice scales? Well, if you want to play some riffs, solos, or walking bass lines, you need to know your scales. The scale is the foundation of your solos. If you don’t want to do that, then it will at least increase your ability with your right hand. Your picking for scales should be down up down up – alternate picking will improve your right hand.

If you like this lesson, there’s a great new beginners course out called the Definitive Beginner’s Guide to the Acoustic Guitar.

Have fun with this scale, and practice hard!

 
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