The best range of metronomes for sale in Australia
Need a hand practising a new song? A metronome might be the ticket!
Metronomes have been around for centuries — musicians and composers alike have relied on metronomes to keep a perfect tempo when practicing or playing music, and even now people use metronomes to hone their skills.
Here at Musos Corner, we have the best range of metronomes for sale in Australia from classic mechanical metronomes to digital watches with inbuilt metronomes, digital metronomes and so much more. Browse through our collection of metronomes and check out online for fast and affordable shipping throughout Australia.
What is a metronome?
A metronome is a device that clicks at regular intervals to help musicians maintain a consistent tempo. You can set how fast or slow you’d like the metronome to click based on beats per second. Musicians have been using metronomes for centuries to learn new songs and hold a particular tempo.
Most mechanical metronomes have a pendulum that swings back and forth to the clicks, but now there are digital metronomes on the market as well as metronome apps on your smartphone.
Metronome settings include:
- Quarter notes — most musicians tend to set their metronome so that one click equals one-quarter note (4/4 is the most common time signature). Each metronome click equals one quarter-note and four clicks equal a full measure.
- Eighth notes — some musicians make their metronome represent eighth notes (this is common when eighth notes are part of the time signature e.g. 6/8 time or 9/8 time).
- Dotted quarter notes — some time signatures can be subdivided into dotted quarter notes like 3/8, 6/8 and 12/8. For example, in 6/8 time, some musicians will opt for six clicks where each click equals an eighth note or two clicks equals a dotted quarter note.
How to use a metronome
If you’ve never used a metronome before, it might seem like a mysterious little device and it might not be immediately obvious how to set it up and start using it. However, metronomes are actually super easy to use.
Here are a few tips on how to purchase and use a metronome:
- Choose the right metronome for you. There are classic mechanical devices, handheld electronic metronomes, metronome watches and metronome apps available. The app might be a good choice for beginners who are just starting to learn the ropes.
- Select the unit of measure e.g. quarter notes. This will tell you what each click of the metronome represents. We recommend starting with a measurement that allows you to play all the right notes to the rhythm.
- Mark your beats in printed music. If you’re using sheet music, we recommend marking the beats. It's important to understand the rhythm you’re playing as well as the right placement in terms of the beat. If you don’t mark the beats, you might end up playing long or short notes without a pulse to the music.
- Once you’re confident with the song you’re practising, increase the speed. It’s good to start slow when you’re practising to ensure you can hit the notes and the length of the notes in time to the beat. As you gain more confidence, increase the speed by one notch until you’ve reached the right tempo. This might be a long-term project, so don’t stress if it’s not coming together as fast as you want it to!
- Don’t play the easy parts fast and the hard parts slow. You should play everything at the same tempo so that when you reach your goal tempo, all the rhythms are strong and correct.
Need some more tips on how to use a metronome? Get in touch with our team — we’ve had plenty of practice setting up and using a metronome to nail a difficult tempo!
Our range of metronomes to buy
We’re proud to offer one of the best collections of metronomes for sale in Australia! One of our most popular metronomes is the Soundbrenner Core Smart Watch — ideal for musicians on the go, the Soundbrenner Core Smart Watch includes an in-built metronome, visual tuning guidance, setlist management and storage, a decibel meter, daily rhythm exercises and so much more.
It really is an all-in-one music assistant for musos who don’t have time to set up their metronome… or any other gadgets for that matter.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, we have mechanical metronomes to buy both in-store and online. The Cherub Pyramid Style Metronome, for example, is simple and effective — with a metal wheel and mechanism, a basic key wound and an adjustable tempo between 40 and 208 beats per minute, this metronome will quickly become your “old faithful”.
Browse through our collection of digital and mechanical metronomes online as well as accessories for our range of Soundbrenner watches.
FAQs about metronomes
- Does a metronome require batteries?
No, mechanical metronomes don’t need batteries. The escapement mechanism inside keeps the metronome going by continuously unwinding and sending energy to the rod and the weights. If you choose a digital metronome, however, you will need batteries to keep it going. Our Soundbrenner watches simply need to be charged when they’re running low.
- Do I need a metronome?
You don’t necessarily need a metronome but they can certainly help when you’re learning new music or trying to maintain a consistent tempo. Many musicians use metronomes to learn new or complicated songs, starting slowly and gradually building speed once they are confident with the notes and the length of the notes.
- Who uses metronomes?
Thousands (if not millions) of musicians use metronomes all over the world! They’re a handy tool for learning new music, keeping a steady tempo and recording click tracks in the studio. In fact, metronomes are commonly found in a studio setting as a recording tool to make sure performances are metrically precise.
- Do singers need metronomes?
Generally speaking, yes. A lot of composers and songwriters are very particular about the tempo markings in their music so in order to keep with the tempo and meet the requirements of the task/recording, many singers use metronomes.
- What kind of metronome should I choose?
It’s entirely up to you! If you’re not sure if you’re ready for a metronome or you simply want to test the waters, we recommend downloading a metronome app on your smartphone or tablet. This will help you learn the ropes and get a feel for how metronomes work. Otherwise, it comes down to personal preference — if you need a metronome on the go, we recommend a Soundbrenner watch.
Shop metronomes online or in-store with Musos Corner
If you’re struggling to learn new or complicated songs and tempos, a metronome will be your new best friend. We stock some of the best metronomes for sale in Australia from premium brands like Soundbrenner, Boss, Wittner and Cherub — check out our collection and shop online for affordable shipping throughout Australia or free shipping on orders over $199.
Alternatively, come and visit us in-store! Our team of die-hard musos would love to help you find the right metronome to meet your needs.
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