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Old 11-27-2019, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by KevWind View Post
The problem with "Crusade mentality" is if focuses on the extreme (both in forwarding it's own agenda as well as attempting to disparage the contra viewpoint " ) as opposed to observing the vast middle ground and its objective reality . Unfortunately video does a lot of that.

The entire spiel about a beginner player learning a new piece, who is still struggling with just making chord changes, or the correct finger placement for a melody, not using a metronome, is ludicrous as a general argument against the general concept practicing with a metronome, as well as being a total DUH .

Obviously one should be able to make chord changes fluidly before attempting to work on the timing I mean DOUBLE DUH.
I disagree. You can still work on keeping a beat, just strumming one chord. Keeping time is critical, and often under-rated in teaching.
Even when changing chords, having a steady beat to refer to is important. If you take time to change chords, give yourself time - take your fingers off chord 1 in time fo get chord 2 on the beat where it should be.
Sometimes you can even keep strumming the open strings while doing that. Of course, if the gap is any more than one beat it's going to sound wrong, but it's common even for pros to strum open strings on beat "4-and" during a chord change.
Originally Posted by KevWind View Post
Not to mention metronomes have the ability so slow down, so as to fit the speed one can actually make the changes at
But what's wrong with that? Keeping a steady beat is an essential skill to learn. Obviously you start at a tempo where that's not too hard.
That doesn't mean slowing the metronome though. It might mean setting it to click on the 8th notes instead of the quarters. Slow metronome speeds are a lot harder to play to than fast ones. That's why you slow the metronome (or halve the bpm) once you get used to it as faster speeds.
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