Although it is often misused and disliked by beginner music students, a metronome can be the ear trainer’s best friend. Let’s look at some of the ways you can use a metronome to improve your ears.
Before we get started though, what metronome is best? You can use a traditional mechanical metronome, a modern electronic metronome, or even a metronome app on your smartphone or tablet. Here are two we recommend:
Recommended Metronome Apps
So how does using a metronome help you with ear training?
1. Internalise a rock-steady beat
This is the biggest advantage a metronome gives you. As a musician you need to have a rock-solid sense of the beat. Everything in music is built on that steady (or sometimes intentionally not-so-steady!) tick, tick, tick, tick.
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