Practicing With a Metronome
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Are you looking for a metronome to enhance your practicing? These are a couple of the best metronomes that get top reviews, have been tried and tested by professional violinists, and approved by beginners. Choosing a metronome can be tough, we've tried to simplify the decision for you by breaking it down into areas that most violinist are interested in; extra gadgets and gizmos, price, size, quality, and classic build.
Boss DB90 Dr. Beat Metronome includes: 4 metronome sounds, tuning functions that make tuning by ear easy, plus play-along drum patterns built in that make practicing fun. Boss is a solid brand and well known in the world of musical metronomes for their quality. It got high reviews. The only bad reviews it got said that the instructions were not clear and Dr. Beat was too technical. Dr. Beat is pricey, but those who have owned one say that they cannot live without it. If you're willing to spend a little bit of time reading instructions and figuring it out, this is one of the best metronomes out there.
Seiko is one of the best metronomes for the beginner violinist. Seiko metronomes get great reviews, are in an affordable price range, and meet all of your basic needs.
Although the, Sabine ZipBeat 6000 Digital Metronome, does not have a ton of cool gadgets and gizmos, it performs the basic functions really well. It's loud and clear and easy to adjust. It also comes with a visual light cue that can be used instead of the audio beep. The only downside is its volume: you can't adjust it. If you're going for affordable and loud then this metronome is a great possibility.
The Korg KDM-2 True Tone Advanced Digital Metronome is a mid-priced metronome with some good qualities. It is small yet powerful. I have not heard of anyone that thought it was too soft. You can change the volume and even wear miniplug earphones while practicing. Overall it got great reviews but there are some poor reviews that complained about the quality of the knob. Depending on how often you will be using it, you may want to take this into consideration.
Korg TM-40 Large Display Digital Tuner and Metronome seems to be the most bang for your buck. Almost all of the reviews are positive and some are even pleasantly surprised at the great instrument for the awesome price. However, a few of the complaints on this Korg metronome were also about quality and how long the product lasted. I think that Korg metronomes have some nice aspects but you may want to read full reviews yourself before purchasing. Musicians either love the Korg or they hate the Korg, there's not a lot of opinions in between.
That's right, I'm a good ol' fashioned girl. The classic tick-toc, wind-up, wooden metronome is the best metronome for me! It's loud, I have a visual, it never runs out of batteries, and rarely breaks. Plus I like the look of it better then the digital ones. Obviously it has it's drawbacks. It is not compact enough to take in your violin case, it doesn't have an attached tuner, and it doesn't make 6 different sounds. Some even complain that the beat is sometimes a little uneven (solution; try winding it up some more and making sure it is on a flat surface). But the wooden metronomes last a long time. I've had mine for over 10 years and it was a hand-me-down.
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