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 RE: metronomes
Author: Hiroshi 
Date:   1999-08-06 05:41

I almost agree with Ken. Using metronome to practice scale or arppeggios,even Rose 40 or 32,and above all to acquire evenness is indispensable. What I tried to say was in short: "Try practicing without a metronome using only our sense 'sometime'."
The most important thing is to bring up a sense of rythm inside ourselves including legato evenness. This sense is produced by metronome partly of course by this machine and other part are unfortunately each person's in-born talent. If we 'always' use metronome during our individual practice session, we cannot obtain a knack of how to use our built up sense of rythm. It is necessary to play especially etudes without a metronome 'sometime'. As Ken stated evenness is very important and the starting point of playing such tune like 1st movement of Mozart concerto. However, evenness is not everything.Everyone who makes MIDIs, he or she will understand how monotonous the music becomes by evenness.It is because there are several techniques used even in Baroque music to break evenness such as 'inegalite'. Inegalite(unequalness in French) was used quite often to avoid monotonous playing music such as by Bach. This means, for example, if 16th notes are written for one beat on the sheet,do not play them evenly,the first should be very slightly played longer and accent.
There are several other tempo breaking playing techniques music academy students today will surely study. I guess these will not be learned depending on a metronome.
Of course these are high level skills for amateurs to aim at.
p.s.To tell you the truth, my farther, a proffessional bassonist, told this to me in my boyhood. Unfortunately,I became an Engineer who could not attaing such high level skills.

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angella 1999-08-05 00:33 
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Hiroshi 1999-08-05 01:10 
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Daniel 1999-08-05 02:15 
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Daniel 1999-08-05 02:17 
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Rick2 1999-08-05 05:35 
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Rick2 1999-08-05 05:39 
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angella 1999-08-05 06:23 
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HIROSHI 1999-08-05 07:05 
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Ken Shaw 1999-08-05 17:48 
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angella 1999-08-05 20:41 
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lis 1999-08-06 04:28 
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Rick2 1999-08-06 04:52 
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Hiroshi 1999-08-06 05:41 
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angella 1999-08-06 05:59 

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