MessyTendon wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:34 pm
... I don't think rhythm is ever constant as metronome advocates insist on. The metronome is just a tool they say...but I say you can learn to sight read better clapping and humming...
I would agree that, in the long run, you need to learn how to artistically move the tempo. But if you are not in control of the tempo, that is not so good. Metronomes can teach you to maintain a steady tempo. After that, you modify the tempo for artistic expression as much as you want. Steady tempo is a necessary skill if you are in an ensemble. Returning to the main tempo after a ritard requires the ability to maintain a steady tempo. It's a basic skill and a metronome can help.
I still practice with a metronome for some pieces or sections. Once I know I'm not speeding up (my personal bad habit) then I ditch the metronome and move the tempo when and where I want it to go. But I agree that a metronome should be used in a limited capacity and only when needed.
For As02, you can try a metronome and see if it helps. In the long run, just don't get addicted to it.