How to tell if you are playing in time

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  1. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    How do you tell if you are playing something in time without a metronome when you are practicing alone?
     
  2. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

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    By keeping a beat in your head or on your foot. Just learn to keep a steady tempo and it will help you a lot in your musical career. Or you can download a metronome on your phone or computer or get a $7 one online or at the music store.
     
  3. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    I meant, like if you can play something in time with a metronome, but you want to see if you can still play it in time without a metronome.
     
  4. MSfortissimo

    MSfortissimo Pianissimo User

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    I don't grasp what you're getting at.
     
  5. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    People can keep in time better with a metronome, at least I do. So I want to take away the metronome and see if I'm still play in time. (Why do I want to do this? Obviously, you don't use metronomes in concerts, competitions, or auditions) So, how do I know if I'm playing in time.
     
  6. Myshilohmy

    Myshilohmy Pianissimo User

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    Record yourself, then play it back to yourself and turn the met on.
     
  7. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

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    Have a metronome that you can turn the sound off. Then you can start off looking at it, look away for several bars and then back to check you are still in time.
     
  8. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    Well, when you are in a band, you have the rhythm section so you follow them. If you are playing solo, you just have to practice a lot so that you know what the piece is supposed to sound like.
     
  9. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

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    Repetition, learning the feel of how the speed goes. Then it will become second nature.
    If you have a watch with a second hand, it can give you an idea how 60 BPM looks, then do your dividing from that.
     
  10. Darten

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    Good idea. :)
     

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