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Metronome alternative beatings (in

3)

1 and 2 and 3 and 1 and 2 and 3 and 1 and


2 and 3 and
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Guidelines for practice and
conversions

The groupings above are some examples of possible alternative


meter beatings.
The first 3 groupings are 1 click per measure, always on the
beat, with the 3 possible combinations (since its in 3 beats).
The next 3 groupings are 1 click per 2 measures, always on the
beat, with the 3 possible combinations. For these groupings, a
tempo conversion is required. The tempo needs to be divided
by 2, so T= t 2. Example: If the desired tempo is 60, then for
1 click per 2 measures, the tempo should be 30.
The next grouping is 1 click every 4 beats. For these groupings,
a tempo conversion is required. The tempo needs to be
3
multiplied by 3, then divided by 4, so T= t x 4
. Example: If
the desired tempo is 60, then for 1 click every 4 beats, the
tempo should be 45.
The next grouping is 1 click every 2 beats. For these groupings,
a tempo conversion is required. The tempo needs to be
3
multiplied by 3, then divided by 2, so T= t x 2
. Example: If
the desired tempo is 60, then for 1 click every 2 beats, the
tempo should be 90.
The last 3 groupings are 1 click per measure, always on the off-
beat, with the 3 possible combinations.
When starting to use those groupings, it is encouraged first to
practice away from the instrument, by either keeping the beat
with one hand and saying the rhythm with the mouth or by
keeping the beat with the foot and clapping the rhythm. Other
possibilities exist as well, as long as there is a steady pulse.
The metronome volume should be soft, almost quiet, so that it
pushes the performer to rely on his own pulse as well as to
listen more.
Tempo practice should start slower and gradually increase.
It is encouraged to change the groupings often (every 2-3
minutes) so that the performer does not get used to (memorize)
the metronome pulse.
The goal with the above guidelines is to always keep the
performer on his/her toes, being aware and constantly mentally
sharp. Happy practicing!!!