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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #75 on: February 02, 2018, 01:53:31 pm »
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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #76 on: February 02, 2018, 03:13:33 pm »
Gareth, I agree with Joerfe, it will come. How about getting the groove with strumming 8th notes to that metronome speed as a quick warm up to the scale? Down strum on the click and up strum in the middle to get comfortable with that timing, then try the scale.
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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #77 on: February 02, 2018, 04:09:20 pm »
I had exactly the same problem with that, and yes as already said try down pick on the click and up in the gap, it won’t happen immediately but it will work!
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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #78 on: February 02, 2018, 07:41:34 pm »
Thanks guys. It's been two weeks I feel it coming a bit but as I say I keep falling out of the rythym. I thought like everything else it the answer would be more time "in the shed". I'll keep at it.

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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #79 on: February 02, 2018, 08:21:10 pm »
Talk to yourself. Say "Down Up Down Up" as you pick each note, making sure the Down falls on the click.

If you're really struggling with the picking, just concentrate on picking a single string and ignore fretting anything, until you can handle the picking in time, then start adding in the fretting again.

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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #80 on: February 05, 2018, 10:25:54 pm »
Thank you all. Just had a breakthrough. It was the usual frustrating 5 mins of not managing to keep in time at 70 bpm. For some reason I thought I'd try at 80 bpm and I seemed to manage that much more easily. Don't know why but I had the same thing when trying to play one note per click - a bit faster seems to be easier.

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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #81 on: February 06, 2018, 12:06:27 am »
Thank you all. Just had a breakthrough. It was the usual frustrating 5 mins of not managing to keep in time at 70 bpm. For some reason I thought I'd try at 80 bpm and I seemed to manage that much more easily. Don't know why but I had the same thing when trying to play one note per click - a bit faster seems to be easier.

It's because 80bpm will be a more natural rhythm for you. I'm sure I've seen somebody mention it correlates to heartrate, but it's essentially because 70-80bpm tempos are easier to maintain. Slower you need to think about when the next click is coming, so it's actually harder to keep in time with the click.
Off course now you've found your natural tempo, start pushing it both faster and slower.

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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #82 on: February 06, 2018, 07:27:17 am »
Thanks m_c I think I can go quicker slower seems to be the issue. I'm just happy that I can (sort of) do it now I was thinking there was something wrong with me.

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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #83 on: February 06, 2018, 09:52:40 am »
It's because 80bpm will be a more natural rhythm for you. I'm sure I've seen somebody mention it correlates to heartrate, but it's essentially because 70-80bpm tempos are easier to maintain. Slower you need to think about when the next click is coming, so it's actually harder to keep in time with the click.
Off course now you've found your natural tempo, start pushing it both faster and slower.

Not that anyone asked, but I have a pet theory about this  ;D

From dancing I know that faster is easier than slow, up to a certain point. My theory is that the easiest rhythm for humans to naturally keep is based on efficient muscle movement, not heartrate directly. I believe we've basically evolved to move most efficiently at an easy jogging pace, which for most people has a cadence of about 70-80. The biomechanics behind this I have no idea about, but for me there seems to be a natural correlation between my most comfortable and efficient running cadence and the rhythm I can keep in my head or on my guitar without too much deviation.
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Re: IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
« Reply #84 on: February 06, 2018, 02:31:34 pm »
..... but for me there seems to be a natural correlation between my most comfortable and efficient running cadence and the rhythm I can keep in my head or on my guitar without too much deviation.

Not sure my metronome can be dialed down slow enough to match my most comfortable and efficient running cadence  ;D

 

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