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How to Play the Sax with a Metronome

Learn how to play the sax with a metronome in this Howcast video.


Hi, this is Troy Roberts. Today we're going to talk about metronome use for the alto saxophone. The metronome can be seen like training wheels for time playing in essentials in music. It's very necessary actually in order to gain a level of accuracy, time-wise, and rhythmically. Here's a little exercise if you're new to using a metronome. I'm going to set this metronome at 120 beats per minute. I'm going to play a G major scale which is what I might be practicing at the moment. That was a G major scale as eighth notes at 120 beats per minute.

The next step is to halve that, so we're going to move this down to 60 beats per minute. I'm going to do the same thing, but now the G major scale is going to be sixteenths in relation to this 60 beat per minute metronome. The responsibility becomes greater as you have to fill a bigger gap. We can get even trickier by halving that again to 30 beats per minute. That's one very good way to begin using a metronome

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