Mastering Your Guitar Metronome Timing
Timing is the element responsible for how tight and “in the pocket” your overall guitar playing is. If you have a great sense of timing you’re already a few steps ahead, in terms of being a great guitarist.
For some guitarists, timing is something they really have to work at, and for others it comes naturally.
Either way Guitar Metronome Timing can be mastered, and needs to be, when becoming the best lead guitarist you can. Something as simple as timing could be responsible for so many problems within your playing. It can also cause serious problems within a band… Even if it’s just one person who’s timing is out of whack.
It certainly doesn’t have to be a problem, and I suggest that if you are in a band, that you make sure everyone in the band has a complete understanding of the tempo and count throughout all of your songs… all the breaks, the changes, the endings beginnings etc… it all comes down to everyone thoroughly understanding the counts between all the breaks, stops, time changes, or dynamics throughout your songs.
Guitar Metronome Timing Is A Must For All Serious Guitarists
This is how you cut the guess-work, and bring the entire band’s mindset together as a unit.
The tighter your timing is the more “In The Pocket” you’ll be overall… Always be working on your timing!
We’re going to look at four basic time signatures and how to count them with a metronome. One thing I want to point out is that your metronome does not have to be clicking at a fast rate to play fast over it.
What you need to do when working on your Guitar Metronome Timing, is get comfortable playing four different time signatures over a single metronome pace. This is an important factor.
I suggest setting the metronome at (88) to start with.
* Single note counting is simply a count of… 1,2,3,4 / 1,2,3,4 / 1,2,3,4 / 1,2,3,4
Every count is directly on each beat of the 4 note count.
* Double note counting is when you insert an extra note in between the original 4 count.
Example: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & / 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & / 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & / 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
* Triple note counting is when you insert two extra notes in between the original 4 count.
Example: 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4 & a / 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4 & a / 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4 & a / 1 & a 2 & a 3 & a 4 & a
* Quad note counting is when you insert three extra notes between the original 4 count. (aka 16th notes)
Example: 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a / 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a / 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a / 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a
Practice Your Guitar Metronome Timing By Simply Jamming With It
I think it’s very beneficial to turn on a metronome and just jam with it for fifteen minutes. Play every kind of timing you can think of. You’ll be amazed at how much this alone, will help you.
Suggestion: If you combine your actual guitar practice time, and work on your Guitar Metronome Timing as described within the methods and techniques we’ve already discussed throughout this article, you’ll really be using your practice time efficiently to gain maximum results.
I hope this information sheds some light on the importance of Guitar Metronome Timing within your Lead Guitar Playing. We’ve discussed some very critical elements of Lead Guitar Playing in this article.
I realize the importance of a video course explaining in depth how to master your Lead guitar playing skills, including timing and many other crucial elements of successful Lead Guitar Playing.
This is why I created, Lead Guitar Domination which goes deeper into Guitar Metronome Timing using video to explain exactly how to utilize your timing for maximum results.