johnmar78 wrote:Pete, your method is very interesting so as evry one else. we all different??
I never use the metronome in my playing -something wrong with me. but only few times as a guide line 24 years ago. I still got one at home but misplaced when I moved from South australia to sydney.
In my teaching, I dnt use it at all/?? I think Chopin uses as a GUIDE LINE ONLY. What you think???
About the metronome; I know through experience that the metronome is an indispensable practice tool! The human brain and body are incabable of creating a perfectly even beat. (Even though a perfectly even beat would not be desirable in performance, it must serve as framework to one's practice.)
To use the example of Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu, the metronome must be used during early practice to ensure that the left hand and right hand parts, which are practiced seperately early on, play at exactly the same speed. That way, when the two halves are combined, they will already be synchronized. In later practice of the F-I, the metronome will function as a guide to where the common rhythms fall. So, by using the metronome, you will enable yourself to concentrate on the downbeats instead of the minutia of three-against-fours. It does wonders for coordination!
Once you have an accurate perception of the rhythm, you can begin to move away from the met. Even after I have fully mastered a piece, I will refer to the met. every so often, about thrice a month, just to make sure that the piece is metrically stable.
So, in a nutshell, use the metronome regularly but not always. It's an excellent practice guide.
Another reason I use the met. is to mark milestones. When you're trying to increase the speed of a piece, the only way to do it in perfect increments is to use the met. Doing that also enables you to know where your tempo was yesterday and where you want it to be tommorow.
Don't be afraid of it, at first use it just once a week and you will see the difference in your performing ability.
Remember, never yield to the temptation to take the path of least resistance. Sometimes the correct way of practicing will feel very uncomfortable or even distressing. The trick is to ignore your predjudices and do what works.