What’s a quick and easy way to improve the quality of the musicians in your church? Have them practice with a metronome.
A common “error” among amateur musicians is playing with bad time. Guitarists tend to not strum evenly. Drummers tend to speed up or slow down, which then throws off the bass players trying to groove with them. Piano/Keys players tend to rush their fills. Also, the tendency for everyone is to get faster when the dynamics increase, and to slow down when the dynamics decrease.
A metronome is a great way to reveal to musicians where they struggle with their timing. When your musicians learn to play in time and with good tempo, the overall sound of your band will increase dramatically.
There are several free metronomes to use online and free metronome apps for smartphones. Other options like the one pictured here might run in the $15-20 range.
Encourage your musicians to practice with a metronome – you’ll be amazed at the difference you hear in just a few weeks.
Charlie Sinclair is the LifeWayWorship.com’s Project Coordinator. In other words, he’s responsible for making sure LifeWayWorship.com is constantly updated with new products. When he’s not working on LifeWayWorship.com, you’ll find him writing/arranging new songs, and rockin’ out on the keyboard in his Church’s praise band. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children.