Free Metronome AlternativePosted: April 19, 2012
I have found the metronome to be one of the most useful chop building tools. Without it I find myself trying to play a new lick or scale pattern too fast, too soon. The metronome forces me to keep it at a speed that I can play without flaws while allowing me to slowly and systematically get it up to speed. The only problem is I get sick of the monotone clicking after several minutes and my mind starts to wander. One way around this is to use a drum machine to add some variety. I have VST drum software that I can use with my DAW, but sometimes I just want to practice without firing up the studio and programming drums. Fortunately I have found my solution.
It’s a free online flash drum machine by Thomas Eriksson. Now I can quickly lay down a steady rhythm from any computer, anywhere in my house. It includes:
- Several Kicks, Snares, and Hi Hats plus cowbell, sticks, conga, bongo, and clap
- Selectable number of beats making odd time signatures a breeze
- Adjustable note velocities
- Each drum has an adjustable level
- Shuffle feel
- Echo effect
This free tool has really helped keep practicing more interesting and has ultimately increased the time I spend on a single concept before burnout. The best part is it’s easy to use and I can use it wherever I take my laptop.