MetroDrone: All purpose practice tool

MetroDrone: Groundbreaking New Addition to Ear Training and Instrumental Practice

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MetroDrone is a core addition to Ear Training and Instrumental Practice now available with an acoustic bass or tuba sound!

MetroDrone is our best selling product of all time!!

We are super-excited about this new invention which Bruce Arnold calls the "MetroDrone. It will greatly enhance both your practice time, and the rate at which your playing and musicianship improves.

Bruce Arnold states that the MetroDrone is a CORE practice tool!

MetroDrone should be a new addition to the CORE products you use to reach your full potential as a musician...

Two versions of the MetroDrone

Difference between Acoustic Bass and Tuba MetroDrone

  • Acoustic Bass MetroDrone Sound is much longer in duration than the Tuba MetroDrone making it easier to hear the key center. 10 to 60bpm MP3 files
  • Tuba MetroDrone Sound is much shorter in duration than the Acoustic Bass MetroDrone making it much harder to hear the key center and therefore is recommended for the advanced ear training student. Also has slower MP3 files 8 to 60bpm MP3 files

MetroDrone lets you:

  • Practice singing exercises in time and speed them up, to master real-time ear-training recognition and execution.
  • Practice ear training even when you are practicing scales or any other technique on your instrument.
  • Develop lightning speed by using the included "long line rhythm" concept (considered a “holy grail” by many guitarists). Video and PDF included.

MetroDrone works any place you use a metronome and with many ear training exercises

MetroDrone will work with any Muse-Eek book you own -or one from any other company. But to most effectively use this new tool – it would be best for Mr. Arnold to understand how you currently practice your instrument, and ear training.

Unsure if MetroDrone is right for you?

Unsure how to use it or if it's right for you? – Use the contact email at bottom of the page and Mr. Arnold will personally review your current practice schedule – and advise you on possible improvements, and how to integrate MetroDrone into your practice time for maximum results.

Keep on track, Keep in contact!

As always it is what you are practicing and how you are practicing that is crucial to your progress. Please keep in touch with Mr. Arnold every few months so that you don't practice the wrong thing or the right thing in the wrong way. Bruce may also may be able to make recommendations on how you should change some aspect of your study so that you improve even faster.

Check in and get on track

So right now, it's time to check in and get your practice regimen ship-shape. Even if you been sluffing off – you can still write to Bruce and we'll see how to get you back in the saddle and improving your musical ability.

Ideas for using MetroDrone

Bruce Arnold says that hearing chord progressions is a topic that comes up frequently with students of ear training. You will probably have to gain some basic skills with identifying pitches within a key center before you can tackle how you hear chord progressions but there are some things you can do with the MetroDrone MP3s to start preparing now for this exciting aspect of ear training.

Think the same way you hear

The overall thing to realize is always THINK THE SAME WAY YOU HEAR. What do I mean by this? I mean that you can listen to a chord progression in a song, and if you sing or play the melody, you will probably HEAR some or all of it in the key of the song. But when you play or sing over a chord progression, it is easy to start thinking about all the different scales you could play, and lose sight of the key center.

So that is why it is important to think the same way that you hear. This will make your playing much more musical and you will truly express the music you hear inside yourself. The main purpose of the MetroDrone is to get you always thinking the same way you are hearing. If you practice a C scale with a C MetroDrone going on in the background you are thinking about a C scale and you are hearing it in relationship to the key of C. This gets progressively more important as you work with more and more complicated material.

Now let's turn our attention to how THINKING THE SAME WAY YOU HEAR applies to a chord progression. If we have a chord progression you will either hear the whole progression in one key or parts of the progression in one key. This will depend on how quickly the chords are moving one to another and the tempo of the tune. Usually the longer you stay on a chord the better chance you will have of hearing that chord in its own key center.

Specific Example

Everyone will vary on how they exactly hear the same progression, though in many cases it will be similar. Let's take a simple chord progression as an example: C Major to F7. Let's say there are two measures of C Major and one of F7. The tempo would be medium, around 100 BPM. When you play the F7, most likely you will not hear a new key center; you will hear F7 in relationship to the key of C. This will affect what scale you should use and how you will hear the notes of the of F7 chord.

READ THIS it's important!

Usually if you play an F7 chord you wouldn't think of it as an F Mixolydian scale BUT we are not hearing the F7 in the key of F; we are hearing it in the key of C so you would think of it as a C Dorian scale because you are in the key of C not in the key of F. Yes, a C Dorian scale and an F Mixoldyian scale are the same notes BUT if you are hearing in the key of C and the F7 chord is playing and you hear a melody in your head with scale degrees b3, 2, 1 then you would play Eb, D, C not Ab, G, F. What I've just stated is one of the most important lessons you will ever learn about hearing music and why my ear training method is crucial to developing compositional and improvisational skills.

Aural Comprehension is key to musical success

Now if you listen again to the notes of the F7 chord as you are hearing it in the key of C, you will not hear: F=1, A=3, C=5, Eb=b7 you will hear: F = 4, A = 6, C= 1, Eb = b3. As you can see, this is a pivotal step to understanding how your hear chord progressions and again why key center ear training is so important. Check out the book called Secondary Dominants Ear Training Studies that applies this same logic to all the Secondary Dominant chords. It's crucial that you learn this information NOW so you don't have to rewind and start hearing the correct way later on. It's important to realize how you are hearing chord progressions as opposed to how you are hearing the melodies in your head.

Practicing Scales with MetroDrone

Let's relate these ideas to practicing scales. Most professional musicians spend about 20 years practicing the scales. Practicing them in the right way is crucial so make sure you have either the Essential Scales book or the New York Guitar Method Volume One. Here is an unusual but highly productive way to use the MetroDrone when working with scales that relates to the discussion we just had about hearing chord progressions. The usual way musicians practice scales is to play them cycle 5 --so if you had a Major scale you would first play it in C then F, Bb, Eb, Ab etc... Instead of switching MetroDrone MP3s for each new key, just use a C MetroDrone and move through the modes of C Major all the while a C MetroDrone is sounding. This will get you processing scales all in one key which is the same thing that will happen when you are hearing a whole progression in one key as we previously discussed.

Applying MetroDrone to Modes

So you start with playing C Major (in all positions if you play a stringed instrument)

  • Then play a C Dorian Scale (which is actually a Bb Major Scale but you are hearing the notes in "C" so it's C Dorian.)
  • Then play C Phrygian (which is actually a Ab Major Scale but you are hearing the notes in "C" so it's C Phrygian.)
  • Then a C Lydian (which is actually a G Major Scale but you are hearing the notes in "C" so it's C Lydian.)
  • Then a C Mixoldian (which is actually a F Major Scale but you are hearing the notes in "C" so it's C Mixolydian.)
  • Then a C Aeolian (which is actually a Eb Major Scale but you are hearing the notes in "C" so it's C Aeolian.)
  • TThen a C Locrian (which is actually a Db Major Scale but you are hearing the notes in "C" so it's C Locrian.)

So you have played through all 7 modes of C Major!

  • Then I would take a break and later or the next day do the same process in the key of F with an F MetroDrone.
  • This way you will practice all the modes of major and start applying them the way you will hear them in many chord progressions.
  • (See Secondary Dominant book for more information on how how all this applies to the modes of Melodic Minor Ascending.)

MetroDrone and common chord progressions

Just so you can see some common chord progressions and how you might hear them in one key and the scales you would use, here are some examples:

  • C Major to F7 and hear that all in the key of C then you are moving between C Major Scale and a C Dorian Scale.
  • C Major to F-7 and hear that all in the key of C then you are moving between C Major Scale and a C Aeolian Scale.
  • C Major to Db Major and hear that all in the key of C then you are moving between C Major Scale and a C Phrygian Scale.
  • C Major to C-7b5 and hear that all in the key of C then you are moving between C Major Scale and a C Locrian Scale.

As you can see from this discussion how you hear greatly affects how you should think and play. This is why working with MetroDrone can lay the right foundation for your success with music.

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Rhythm Primer

Rhythm Primer

Rhythm Primer

Do you want to get people up on the floor and dancing as soon as you start playing?

Then Bruce Arnold'sRhythm Primer and the complete rhythm series is your ticket to getting that kind of visceral reaction from your audience when you play.

Is your rhythmic ability holding you back?

Rhythm is the backbone of music but it's a commonly overlooked aspect of great musicianship. But that's exactly what Rhythm Primer, the first book in our Rhythm Series is all about. Each installment of our Rhythm Series gets you hearing and feeling rhythms because you play along with our midifiles. Added value: these kinds of audio files allow YOU to choose the tempo of the exercise so you are always in control of the level of difficulty.

Most students of music don't realize that:

  • Weak rhythm skills will greatly affect your ability to play music and put many songs beyond your reach.
  • Working on your rhythm skills a few minutes a day will make a major difference.
  • Hearing a rhythm via the available audio files will make learning rhythm much easier.

The Rhythm Primer provides all the basic tools needed to get even the most basic beginner starting in the right direction.

All of these problems can be symptoms of poor rhythmic skills. This can cause you not to perform well, get lost when playing music and not be connected in a meaningful way to the music you are listening to or playing. Using the Rhythm Primer is one of the best ways to help you improve your rhythm, because you will be learning to play a variety of rhythms in many contexts. This will help you to:

  • Improve Accuracy.
  • Develop a larger vocabulary of rhythms so that your aren't always playing the same few rhythms over and over.
  • Naturally hear a variety of rhythms when you are composing.
  • Write out the rhythms if you are a composer wishing to publish your music, or need to communicate precisely to other musicians.
  • Develop a better interaction with your band members because you are able to react to their rhythmic phrasing.
  • Find the rhythms that cause you problems so that you can practice and master them before they spring up in a public situation.

Pitch and Rhythm: The two crucial aspects of modern music:

If you are performing for others the two most noticeable aspects of your playing will be your intonation (are you in tune) and your rhythm. People tend to recognize rhythmic problems much more quickly than they recognize intonation problems. So it's imperative that you raise this particular skill level so that it doesn't become an issue.

Are you just getting started and really need a lot of information to start tackling reading rhythms?

Then Rhythm Primer is the perfect book for you. It will give you:

  • An entire section of the book that shows you how to read and understand all basic rhythms.
  • Tricks to help you play harder rhythms like triplets.
  • A "Quick Start" page which will give you targeted advice on how to proceed through the book based on your current level.
  • A graduated method that starts you with extremely easy rhythms and then slowly makes them more complex.
  • Exercises using only one pitch. This means you can really concentrate on learning just the rhythms
  • Downloadable free audio examples of each exercise in the form of midifiles. Midifile format allows you to control the tempo of the exercise making it the perfect kind of file to use with these exercises.

Develop your rhythmic skills in a logical way.

Rhythm is commonly organized on four metric levels. It is crucial that you understand these levels and the rhythms that are commonly used. Rhythm Primer helps you develop this sense by giving you targeted exercises which grow in difficulty so that you can master these rhythms gradually and understand the various metric levels.

Develop an overall understanding of how rhythm is organized.

Rhythm Primer and the whole Rhythm Series of books (16 books in all) develop your rhythmic skills to a high level. The contents of this book are flexible enough to be used by a complete beginner or by an advanced musician because the speed of the exercises will determine the difficulty. You will develop the following attributes by working through this book:

  • The ability to recognize rhythms when you hear them or see them written on a page.
  • A much more robust vocabulary of rhythms that you naturally play when you are performing music.
  • A more consistent tempo as you play music when playing these time signatures.
  • An understanding of how music is put together rhythmically.
  • Enhanced speed and accuracy in your playing
  • More meaningful interactions with other musicians.
  • Ability to learn new music faster.
  • Rhythmic accuracy that will have people moving along with you when you play.

Develop an overall understanding of how rhythm is organized.

Each section of Rhythm Primer contains rhythms that are commonly found in contemporary music. You can practice these exercises a number of ways:

  • Play along with the midifiles at various tempos to check accuracy.
  • Play along with a metronome. Recommended metronome patterns are found in the book for each section.
  • Use MetroDrone audio files to develop a "Long Line Rhythm" sense with each exercise.
  • Play MetroDrone audio file which forms a key center. Play the #5 of the key center through the entire file.
  • Play along with popular tunes that use the same metric level.

Direct application of exercises into real music makes practicing rhythm fun!

Below is a list of some popular tunes that would work with each section of Rhythm Primer:

Exploring the tunes listed above via the rhythm exercises will teach you VOLUMES about contemporary music --and makes it hard to stop practicing!!

Remember, rhythmic accuracy is the key to having your listeners up and dancing and being totally engrossed in your music.

Our bodies respond to rhythmic accuracy and feel uncomfortable when it's not there. Rhythm Primer and the whole Rhythm series develops this accuracy through targeted exercises. Just a few minutes a day can develop these skills so don't put it off. Add a 10 minute exercise each day and have people rocking to your music in no time.

Get started with Rhythm Primer today and start expressing those rhythms that beat in your heart!

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Recommended books to use with Rhythm Primer

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