Guitar Techniques

January 6, 2013

Tempo and the real muscian

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Written by: John Baucum
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Metronome from flickrBeing able to play a piece of music at a consistent speed is crucial to become a great musician.  The word for speed in music is TEMPO.  All great musicians can play at a set tempo.  They may speed up or down if the song requires it.  They will do it because they choose to and not because they have to due to their lack of ability.    

I recommend buying a good digital metronome or a drum machine if you can afford it.  Start by playing at a slow tempo like 60 beats per minute.  Play chords, scales or songs.  Concentrate on the beat more than what you are playing.  If you consistently mess up on a part, work on it for a minute without the metronome.  Then turn the metronome on again and continue to focus on the beat. Once you can play along at 60 BPM then move it up a few beats.  Be your own worst critic.  Make it sound perfect.   

Most importantly have fun.  Enjoy playing with the metronome.  Your friends and band members will thank you.



About the Author

John Baucum
Hello, my name is John Baucum. My goal is for students to have a fun time while they learn to play a musical instrument. I strive to give the students a musical education in addition to helping them reach the goals they have set for themselves. I have been teaching Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitar for 30 years. I am the author of 60 Seconds Can Change Your Life and the owner of Valley Music Institute. The lessons are for beginners to advanced players. Great for all ages! I Specialize in fun, engaging lessons that challenge students to strive for excellence. I teach ALL styles: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Finger style, Solo Guitar, Bluegrass and more. I teach practical theory, ear training, and technique exercises to help students reach their musical goals. One method I use to instruct students has received great results. I first let students pick a song they like. I then teach them music theory, proper technique, improvising and ear training in conjunction with the song.




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