Our Free Interactive Online Metronome lets you adjust the tempo, beats per bar, and volume. It is ideal for use with any musical instrument!
What is a Metronome?
A metronome produces a click at a regular interval (In beats per minute or BPM) that helps you keep in time while you are playing.
How to Use This Metronome
- Just Press the Play Button at the top left
- You can alter the tempo by sliding the bar under the BPM number.
- You can change the number of beats in each bar using the Meter slider.
- Change the volume by moving the Volume sliders. If you want to change the overall volume just change the master slider. If you want to bring it to the highest volume just turned slider all the way to the right.
How to practice with a metronome
Start at a slow tempo. For starters, count out loud while you are playing, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. (if this is possible with your instrument, otherwise try to count the numbers in your head)
When you are pretty comfortable with playing your music or phrase to a relatively slow BPM, then you can slowly increase the BPM over time.
However, never put it too fast, that you are no longer comfortable playing start slow and steadily increase. If you can only play your music to a metronome at a fast tempo. That means that you cannot properly play that music in time.
Should You Always Play to a Metronome?
In general, you can balance your time between playing to a metronome, and without one.
You want to practice and become confident playing in time without a metronome. But ultimately, your dedicated practice with a metronome is going to make your timing considerably better. Simply just a few weeks of playing to a metronome can incredibly improve your timekeeping. This can make your music playing a lot more professional and make it much easier for you to play in bands and groups.
How often you should play to a metronome depends on your style of music. If you play to backing tracks or spend a lot of your time recording music, then you may spend the majority of your time playing to a metronome.
Is Using a Metronome Important?
Using a metronome is very important to train your musical timing and rhythm.
We’ve talked about the importance of using a metronome many times on this website.
I felt like it was time to just add a tool to the site, which will definitely be useful for readers.
Metronome apps and Physical Metronomes
You can also consider downloading some metronome apps, which would work for your mobile device. These often work well, but they are not always reliable. If you have a slow phone then the metronome may start to lag as the phone tries to keep up with the performance requirements of apps running on the device.
Alternatively, if you do not want to rely on your mobile device then you could also buy a physical metronome. These are dedicated and made just for that purpose, so their reliability will be more solid.
What Does 4 4 Mean?
4/4 is a time signature that means 4 quarter notes per bar.
It’s by far the most common time signature in popular music. You can simply clap along to the songs while saying 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
We hope that you find this free online metronome useful. If you have any suggestions for any new features then be sure to drop us a message!