I rarely ever practise with the metronome. Despite regular comments about my steady tempo, I find it very hard to keep in sync with the thing for more than a couple of bars, and usually give up trying after a while
In my case it is often so that I find it hard to keep in sync with the metronome too. However it is in all
cases so that those are exactly the trouble spots I need to work on. Once I really have a passage nailed, I don't find it hard anymore to keep in sync. So for me it is a very well working indicator for something I need to work on in order to make the thing better.
John Robson wrote:
Olaf, you obviously don't believe that practicing with a metronome has a tendency to make your playing more mechanical. Right?
I think the danger for playing more mechanical with metronome is there, especially if one needs to concentrate on keeping in sync instead playing musical. Also, if one tries to take the metronome to speed up. That is something I did give up. Instead I much more often use the metronome to slow down now.
I think one can very well play musical and with all expression, (also with rubato!!) with metronome. One only should not concentrate so much for synchronisation. If one needs to concentrate that much for keeping sync that is an indicator that something is wrong with the rhythm I think.