Free online metronome: master beats and measures

Use this free online metronome to practice. It will allow you to to learn piano online even more easily on the app La Touche Musicale.



What is a metronome?

A metronome is an electronic or mechanical tool that allows you to give rhythm and time. When a musician practices on his instrument (piano, guitar, violin, flute, …), he needs to be on time to be sure to play well. The metronome allows him to be sure of this.

How to use the display and buttons on the online metronome?

Understanding the function of the display

The display allows you to see the rhythm and tempo value you are on in real time. It allows you to set the measure of your game on this number. Note that the display always starts with a default value. Depending on the mode you are in and the display time, the display may show different values. You can also incorporate a countdown so that it can start a few seconds later and give you time to place your support on the instrument.

Understand the function of the different buttons on the metronome

As you have seen, there are many buttons on this online metronome and all of them correspond to a specific function. They allow you to make the different adjustments you need to exercise at your own pace according to your support. You can modify the different values and modes at any time to follow your evolution during the exercise. Here are the different buttons and their functions:

– Volume: this button allows you to adjust the volume of the metronome;

– BPM : this allows you to speed up or slow down the tempo of the metronome ;

– Start : this button allows you to start the metronome ;

– Tap: this function allows you to raise or lower the tempo according to the speed of your clicks on the button;

– Beat: This button allows you to set the beats and measures. The metronome will then be set to 3 beats, 4 beats, 5 beats, etc…

Understanding the measures on the metronome

Each piece of music or exercise has bars, which give the tempo and structure of the music. For example, a waltz is always composed of 3 bars. Today’s pop music is quite often set to 4 bars. The value is only changed infrequently. In the same tempo, each bar has the same duration and the interval between each of them is always the same. This is an essential mode of the metronome in order to play at the right rhythm.

By default, the metronome display is set to 4 bars.

You can set the metronome measurements to match those of your exercise and your stances. To do this, you can click on the + or – icons located on either side of the word Beat, at the bottom of the metronome. This allows you to change the number of measurements.

You can also add a countdown timer to give you time to prepare before the metronome starts.

Mode management on the online metronome

As you have seen, there are many modes on this online metronome: beat, tap, bpm, … This can be confusing when you are used to working without anything and you are not used to change. But how to use them well?

First, choose which ones are useful for your exercise. You don’t necessarily need to use everything. You can for example only combine the bpm with the beats and then press “start” on the right of the metronome. This will already give you a good rhythm to adopt. You may find it difficult to get into the rhythm for the first few seconds, but you will get used to it over time.

Note that it is important to use a metronome to make sure you are not late or early on the different beats. The advantage of this tool is that it works alone and in a loop after adjustment: it is a kind of automation of musical learning.

The central function of the bpm on a metronome

Meaning beat per minute, the bpm is a unit of musical measurement allowing to have a defined value of the rhythm.

On a metronome, it is possible to choose the precise bpm value. Simply move the dot on the slider in the direction you want to decrease or increase the value.

We advise you to work in stages. If you feel you are not comfortable with the current bpm, feel free to make a change to reduce the speed. For example, 120 bpm can be quite fast when you are just starting out. Go down to 60 to halve the speed (or double the time between beats). Once you are comfortable on the 60, increase from 20 to 20.

Online applications and soundbrenner: the new uses of the metronome

The use of metronomes in online applications

Today, many music applications use online metronomes to set the pace for musicians who subscribe to their services, constantly looking for new tools to perfect their musical training.

They want to give their customers the best at the lowest price so that they can develop at their own pace. Drummers are more than others among those musicians looking for this kind of tools, because their instrument is at the center of the rhythm of a song.

But the application domain is not the only one to develop this type of thing, because the soundbrenner also makes its place within this system.

The soundbrenner : new use of metronomes

With the emergence of new technologies was born the soundbrenner. It is a watch capable of emitting pulses via a metronome system guided from an application on his smartphone. Thus, the usual clock of the watches is supplanted by the musical rhythm of the pulsations which come to strike your wrist and your hand.

It is a tool designed for musicians who are fond of new things and are looking for the best tool related to music technology.

The best tool for budding musicians

The soundbrenner is a very practical tool for musicians since it allows, when playing an instrument, to ensure the function of a metronome by replacing the sounds of the measures by vibrations on the wrist and the hand of the player. Connected to an application that allows you to configure it as you wish, it allows the musician (guitarist, drummer, pianist, flutist) to be always in the right tempo! Artists looking for new technological and musical subjects will be delighted to use it.

The metronome: an indispensable tool for playing chords on your guitar

How to work a chord?

Working out chords is a tedious task when you are just starting to play the guitar. Indeed, it requires a long work, in particular on its position and its fingering. Especially since there are many types of chords and notes that make them up. To help you, there are dictionaries that will allow you to have a first approach of the exercises to practice.

The chords are often read on tablatures, which are simplified formats of scores made up of grids in which the chords are inserted. This requires less skill than reading sheet music, and tablatures have the advantage of being more easily readable by the novice musician. In this learning process, the metronome has a central function. It is indeed the one who will give the rhythm to the learner when he will play on his tablatures.

Starting out on the guitar

To start playing guitar properly, you need to work on your fingering and your position. First, learn the basics by reading articles or dictionaries on the subject. Then, take a simple tablature and learn to read on the grid: practice the chords and link them. You will work on your technique and fluidity. You don’t need to be highly skilled to perform these first simple exercises. This is the advantage of the guitar: the basics of the instrument are quite easy to master for beginners. Intersperse your exercises with regular breaks: this will allow you to clear your mind and resume with greater efficiency!

The rope and the pain: grit your teeth!

Any guitarist will tell you: the instrument always hurts your fingers at first! Indeed, your fingers are not used to rubbing continuously on hard materials and the feeling of pain is then omnipresent when playing. It takes practice and, with experience and practice, horn will form on your fingers, making the rubbed areas insensitive. This is when you can truly forget about the pain and greatly improve your technique! It’s psychology and mechanics!

It is therefore necessary to persevere at the beginning and to follow the courses with regularity. Feel free to make lists of goals for each course to motivate yourself. Don’t hesitate to use good branded strings, like Dietrich for example, so that they last longer.

Knowing about tuning

Unlike the piano, which has required a great deal of tuning know-how for centuries, the big advantage of the guitar is that it is relatively easy to tune! You can either tune the wooden instrument by ear if you are a seasoned guitarist (this requires practice) or download an application that will tell you the correct tuning for each note (this case is more consistent)! Tuning is a central part of your learning process: if you play an out-of-tune guitar, you risk developing a bad ear for music.

Playing music with the mechanics of the metronome

The usual difficulties of learning a musical instrument

When you start learning a musical instrument, you are often plagued by doubt. Will I succeed? Where can I learn for free? Will I be able to get the rhythm? There are many questions.

The advantage of an online metronome is to accompany you in your learning by helping you to acquire the rhythm and progress. Click on “Start” and let’s go! By adjusting the speed (Bpm), you will be able to settle down quite easily on the track, after a few tries.

That’s why, when you start learning a musical instrument, the best idea is to equip yourself with the tools that will allow you to evolve quickly without losing motivation.

The pulses of the online metronome: a rhythm indicator

To get the rhythm, it is essential to tune your playing to the pulses (or beats) of the metronome. Just choose your BPM number on the device and off you go! Like a string hanging from a hook on a ring, the metronome system will make a swinging effect to always keep the same rhythm. You can play rhythmically on the beats, and why not even wedge a few triplets in between!

Some pedagogical resources on the Internet integrate this system of beats into their service, such as the website.

The use of the metronome by music teachers

As you know, music teachers use the metronome in their lessons. And this has been the case for a long time in history. Invented at the beginning of the 19th century, the idea of the metronome immediately appealed to teachers, who saw it as an excellent means of perfecting their students’ exercises. Indeed, the metronome had a significant advantage: to integrate regularity, rhythm and fluidity into the teachers’ lessons. The speed being adjustable, you could also add difficulty little by little. If the stopwatch measures athletic performance, the metronome measures the student’s rhythmic performance.

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