In this lesson we’re going to look at a popular tip for adding interest to a metronome click.

How To Add Some Groove To The Metronome

Here we have a basic riff:

We can play this riff along to a metronome click of 150bpm. However, when relying on a 4 beat click, it can feel a little incessant and it’s very robotic.

So to liven things up, we can imitate the accents of a drum beat by placing the click on beats 2 and 4.

Most metronomes you’ll find on your phone from the app stores will allow you to do this. Apps such as Tempo allow you to remove clicks from each bar. So simply remove beats 1 and 3.

If you have problems counting the beat and keep hearing that first click as beat 1 then just count ‘one’ as you press play.

Now we have a much more interesting click that mimics the back beat you’ll find in a simple rock groove!

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