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How to use a Metronome
Use a metronome to improve your timing and speed. Play on the beat and play between the beats.
Playing on the beat
Play a note on your instrument for every beat of the metronome. Slowly increase the tempo as you play until you find the tempo that you have trouble keeping up with. Play at this tempo until you can keep up with it.
Playing between the beat
Playing 'between the beat' means playing a note at some time other than the start of a beat. If a bar has 8 eighth notes in 4/4 time, the first note is played 'on the beat and the second is between the beat, the third is on the beat, and so on.