This is my favourite musical metronome. If you’re looking for a metronome that actually sounds like a nice ‘tic toc’ rather than fingers on a chalk board, look no futher. I present to you : The Seiko. Grab one here
Why use a metronome ?
Somebody left this metronome in lost property at a school I used to work at and I’ve been using it for the last 6 months or so. I thought I’d review it as students parents often ask me what nice sounding metronomes I recommend as lots of the online & digital models have that high pitched & less than pleasing sound. It’s not the kind of noise you want
to hear clicking away, especially when you’re concentrating !
Many of my students biggest challenge is playing in time with a beat. They’ve put in the effort to learn all the shapes and move their fingers around to the various chords and strings but can’t do it in time after a 4 beat count in the lesson. They restart, they back track and try hang on but get mudddled up and in between the beats. When students start practising with a metronome regularly I always see a difference in their playing. Their playing now has structure and you can tap your foot to it. If they can’t play while tapping their foot on the beat or in time with a click they’re missing a big step. Many people have been playing for several years and can’t yet play in time.
Every musician worth their salt can play in time or on the beat. Either they learned by consistently playing with other people or they used a metronome or both. As a practise tool to keep you on track it’s invaluable ( at any level ) and was a must have for every student in my program during music college. I recommend a metronome to all my students and have seen some fabulous results over the years.
Features & Price
It has a nice dial with which you can easily set the desired speed / tempo on the front & no tricky, rubbery buttons to press and hold down. I never liked pressing down buttons that sink into the plastic so it’s user friendly to just turn the dial.
Sound wise you have 2 options. The first is slightly higher pitched and the second is a pleasing dull tap that I find really easy to work with and soft on the ear. It’s simple and it works. The last thing I want is a harsh digital chirp in my ear every darn beat. We can’t nail down that Michael Jackson solo or work on jazz comping with stinging lobes every night now can we ? It comes with a volume control too :}
It also comes with an earphone jack so you can practise in silence and has a small pull out stand to support it. Power wise it takes a 9 volt battery and a red LED can be selected for a visual beat or combined
with a click sound for a visual flash and audible beat-keeping.
Download or buy a metronome ?
Buy one. Aside from the sound issues, if you download one online you’ll likely be less inclined to use it with a guitar and pick in your hands. If it’s sitting on top of your amp or music stand, you can just turn it on and get improving your internal clock. For the most part, online metronomes are noisy & screetchy so I’m super happy with this model. It’s as close to the older (and often more expensive) metronomes with a ticking clock handle as you can get but its digital. Best of both worlds.
I think this online review from a customer says it all :
My old Wittner Taktell metronome broke after years of use from classical piano training in my teens through starting to learn guitar as an adult. What I loved most about it was the wood block sound and being able to pick up counting on the next beat if I missed one. I tried a few digital metronomes, but did not like any of them. The beeping was annoying, and the sound got lost when practicing with my guitar plugged into the amp. None of them had an option to disable the emphasis on the first beat, which meant I had to wait a full count if I missed a beat.
This Seiko metronome has a wonderful wood block sound, and it is LOUD! I can hear it even when practicing with my guitar amplified. There’s a choice of two pitches–I prefer the lower one–and the volume is adjustable. Also, it’s a steady beat so, if I miss one, I can pick counting on the next. The case is plastic, but it feels solid and well-made. I love the “ratchet” feel of the simple dial; it has standard timing intervals from 40 – 208 bpm. Definitely beats having to adjust a counterweight like with my old Taktell. This metronome is a worthy replacement, and I look forward to enjoying years of use from it in my
practice sessions. If you’re looking for a metronome, I highly recommend this little Seiko.
It’s great to see students putting the final touches to their arrangements by adding the glue that holds everything together. TIME. So if you have the time ( cheesy jokes anyone ?) I can strongly recommend picking one up.
Whether you’re working on a full arrangement, nailing that big solo or playing a rhythm part in a band, time is king.
Some of my faourite players at college seemed to just sound good no matter how many notes they played or didnt play because they could just sit ‘in the pocket’ and ride the beat. We were always told it’s not just the drummers job to keep the beat, it’s everyones. So get playing on the beat and see results in no time.. there I go again with the jokes. Oh dear lol