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Piano Lessons: Metronomes

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talk about playing with the metronome.
We use the metronome right away.
I think it's in lesson four, five, or six
in muscular.
I also mention in, in those lessons that
if you
can't do it with a metronome that's fine.
But we do want to establish a strong
rhythm in your child and
get them to be able to play with the
Now, often it's really hard for kids, this
is totally normal,
to hear this tick and be able to play with
It's just, they don't get how this tick
corresponds with this tone
So the easiest way to get them
transitioned into playing with the
which we do want that every child can do.
I don't care how beat deaf you think your
child is,
we can get them to play with a metronome.
We just have to take it in phases.
So first, get their position right.
But now when we're ready to get it with
the metronome,
where they're going to start playing
steadily, it's a lot easier for
them to hear tones with tones, rather than
a tone with a tick.
So if you play, you can play with them.
So you can play and
they'll match your, your tone.
So you just play an octave higher, an
octave lower.
Now, your hand position doesn't matter.
So as long as you can play somewhat
That's enough.
Okay, so first get them to play with
somebody else.
You also have the video, so
if you can get the computer near the
piano, they can play with me.
And that will help them a lot,
because they won't yell at me like they'll
yell at you, either, right?
Either they're with me or they're not.
So if you can get the computer near the
piano, that's a great way for
them to start playing with somebody else.
And then eventually just introduce the
And sometimes I have parents come to, and
say to me,
my child just can't play with the
I have oh, this is so frustrating, I don't
know what to do.
We've tried all your tricks and tips, and
it doesn't work.
And so I'll say, well send in a video and
let me hear how your child is doing.
And so.
I can figure it out.
And the child will do send in the video
the child's playing great with the
And so the parent actually didn't know.
[LAUGH] So sometimes the child ends it
with better beat than the parent, which is
exciting but sometimes, you know, if
you're just getting really frustrated and
don't know what else to do just send me in
a video and see if I can do it.
Have some help for you.
One of the things too that works is if you
tap them' cuz again they don't hear,
but they'll feel.
So if you can stand behind them, depending
on how nice your child is.
I know my children did not like it when I
would tap on their backs.
But you can tap them so they feel it, and
then they can play with it' cuz they're
feeling something.
[SOUND] But again this will come, but we
can't give up on the metronome.
It's really, really important.
Speaking of metronomes, the kind of
metronome your going to want to get.
And what's fun is to involve your child in
this decision because then they'll feel
like the metronome is kind of their
This metronome for example.
Was given to me when I was nine.
And I won third place in a piano
competition, and my mom took me out.
I'm very proud of it.
My mom took me out and said, I'll buy you
And I think my budget was $50, cuz I had
practiced so hard for this.
And I bought a metronome.
And, at the time, this was $50.
And I've kept it with me, ever since.
And I just feel like it's my very.
special metronome, so if you let them be
involved and see it kind of as a reward,
like wow, you've made it to this lesson,
or you need a metronome let's go buy it
together that can help with a lot of these
metronome issues later on.
The kinds of metronomes I recommend for
get one that ticks and does not beep.
So do you hear how this ticks?
It's not going ding, ding, ding, ding.
If you get one that tones,
that has a beep, it gets lost.
It's confusing to the kids.
They, they can't hear it as well.
So get one that ticks.
Another thing.
Get one with a dial.
There are some that you have to push the
And you push the button to change every
single speed.
So it's like one, 101, and
it takes so much extra time to just move
from 100 to 152.
So instead of just moving the dial, you're
sitting there pushing the button and
it's just frustrating.
So get with a dial and get one that ticks.
I'll put a link to the site where I
purchase metronomes.
I like the matrix a matrix model that's
very affordable I think
in the $30 range and that's my favorite
They last forever.
They don't make these fantastic one's that
I've seen anymore.
The people from Safeco can contact me if
that's not the case.
But the matrix are the one's that I have
Students buy all the time, so go get your
child out and
help pick out a metronome and they'll love
having it.