Typically on such patterns I would have the metronome beat only 2 times, maybe 4. My foot would tap 2 times per bar.
It took me quite a while to get the hang of playing along to the metronome. At first it took all the joy out of learning so I put it away. Now it’s a great tool to get my timing much better. I’ve been using it on a challenge song where every day for 4 months I played the song along with my metronome. Finally I was able to play the song well enough to sing along and put the metronome away as it’s taken a while to get the singing to work.
The other day I grabbed the metronome on that song again and surprise surprise, I was doing my usual speeding up. Sigh. The metronome speaks the truth.
I completed the first part of the strumming techniques course with a metronome when I was working through Grade 1. It helped me get a solid foundation in rhythm especially using Justin’s time trainer allowing you to apply bar breaks etc. Now the metronome is like an old reliable friend.
Interesting I seen the mention of a new strumming course being released next month. I presume Justin’s updated the strumming techniques course. I might hold fire on starting Part 2 of the current course.
What I got is a very old course. It has 4 modules, 1A/B and 2A/B. I did 1A. I practiced a lot Pattern 8 which Justin says will matter later. Not sure when I will get to 1B, but probably next weekend. I will try to practice these patterns daily until then.
Thats the one I got Steve. I worked on 4 patterns with a metronome at a time and once I hit the bpm of 120 I then moved onto next 4 patterns. I still haven’t started Part 2 as got too busy with other things. Justin’s time Trainer was great for making sure i was keeping my rhythm i.e. the disappearing metronome trick.