What’s the difference between offline and online metronome? Simply put, an online metronome will work with internet while an offline one will be a piece of hardware. Basically like a guitar tuner.
Having a metronome with you is really useful, and it helps working on your sense of rhythm.
Is it essential to become a great guitarist? No. But it certainly helps.
Nowadays, you can have access to a metronome application pretty easily (in fact, you can even get one by typing “Metronome” on Google!). You can also use the app displayed on this page or simply download one on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
1. Online metronome.
Note: you need to enable Flash Player to see the plugin.
Really simple to use, you just have to click on the tempo you’d like to make it start or hit space bar. If you want to pause it, click on “stop” or space button again. You can afterwards re-click on the middle button to start it back to the same tempo as before.
To change the tempo, click on the one you wish or hit right / left buttons, 40 being the lowest tempo and 208 the highest.
This is a training application. If you want one which allows you to record songs, read the next part.
2. Offline metronome.
If you have an Audio Recording software, you’ll most likely have a metronome integrated to it. If not, you can choose among the following applications:
- Audacity (free, downloadable from the website right here)
- Cubase (Version 9.0 is available here)
- Sony SoundForge (I recommend SoundForge Pro 11 available here)
- And many others…
Do you think some software should appear here? Let me know in the comments below.
3. Download it online!
There are a lot of free downloadable applications to be found on the web. For example:
4. Carry it everywhere!
Do you have an Android or iOS device? Great. You can carry your device along with you by downloading the following applications:
If you’d like to rehearse in rhythm with other musicians without a drummer, I totally recommend you to plug your phone into a mixing table. That way, you’d be able to hear it perfectly.
5. Should I buy one?
In this dematerialization era, people tend to prefer virtual things. If you don’t have any mobile device, or if you simply want one truly and perfectly reliable clicking machine to make your songs perfect, then you can buy one.
You will have two choices: choose a mechanical or a digital metronome. It is really up to you, but as far as my experience goes, digital ones are more inclined to last longer as a mechanical device can produce uneven clicks after a great period of use.
As for digital gears, prices can differ. On the market, you’ll be able to find cheap ones like the Korg Ma-1 (around 10 euros) and expensive ones like the BOSS DB-90 (around 140 euros). The latter is pricey as it offers many features integrated like pattern creation, note mixing function and even a tuner.
The question is: what do you intend to do with a metronome? If it’s just a rehearsing tool for you, the first one presented or another within its price range can be great. But if your goal is to produce complex patterns and use it professionally, then consider to buy a costly digital device.
6. Training material for musicians
Train with a metronome is not something everybody does. Why? Because it’s basically not fun.
But it can help. A LOT. And not only guitarists, but other musicians as well (especially drummers).
Here’s a video I’ve found if you want to train your sense of rhythm:
After some point, you will notice the difference. And not only in your playing, but in other people’s playing as well. And the good point is: you will not have to train with a metronome anymore.
How great is that?
7. Other useful accessories for guitarists
If you don’t know this already, you can use a guitar tuner to tune the strings of your instrument correctly. You can either choose the one proposed on my website, or download a tuner app on your computer.
Do you want to carry one with you? It’s possible by downloading an application on your mobile or tablet, or buy a tuner in a music shop.