Playing Drums with a metronome good or bad for your playing skills?

Playing drums with a metronome is a diverse subject in the drumming world, there are many opinions by all types of drummers about if a metronome helps or hinders your drumming style and some think it makes you too robotic not allowing you to find your natural feel and freedom when playing a drum kit.

Playing Drums with a metronome good or bad for your playing skills?Playing Drums with a metronome good or bad for your playing skills?

Playing drums with a Metronome

“It’s possible that if a drummer uses a metronome incorrectly, they might not see improvements in time at all”.

“They can become to dependent on the metronome, which could slow the development of their natural internal rythm”.

Others believe that working with a metronome is crucial to a player’s development in keeping time. Stating that learning to play with a metronome makes your timing better when you’re not playing with one, and makes it easier to work with a click track.

There’s no such thing as perfect time, but you can surely improve your internal clock with practice.

It seems the more common feeling about playing drums with a metronome is a positive one but I believe that once you have the ability to play to a track without using the metronome, you should then put it to one side and only bring it back into the practice if you are struggling with a drumming track.

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