Acoustic Metronome

From Classical to Bluegrass – Across the board it’s a great idea to practice with a metronome.

Of the basic elements of music, i.e. Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm, rhythm is arguably the most fundamental and most ingrained. We have an amazing inner-awareness of each second that passes. Ever wake up just seconds before the alarm goes off?  Or get back to the microwave just as it is counting down to zero?! Yet it is a common issue to stay in time!  We like to rush parts we know, and slow down the parts we don’t.

Forty years ago I was given a very nice metronome as a gift from a good friend and banjo player. He said it didn’t work. I still have it! I never use it though – not because it doesn’t work, it just drives me crazy!  I found one I like much better, and will share it with you right here.

Each “track” is a live recording of an actual drum beat performed by a professional drummer. They are 10 full minutes in length and recorded here at various useful tempos. Compared to a traditional tic-toc metronome, this drum may sound a bit unusual, however…  the “groove” on each track comes with its own dynamics, and emphasis in the correct place.  This makes it easy to cop the groove as well as the tempo!  You have total control over the volume – and tempos between the 5 BPM increments can be achieved by downloading and using software such as the Amazing Slowdowner.



This beat is a great groove for fiddle tunes and county/bluegrass type material in 4/4 (common time)  time. Tempos here range from 70 to 130 beats per minute (BPM).  70 BPM being a slower, yet fast enough tempo that a fiddle tune will have life. 130 BPM is clipping right along, and any finesse is in great danger.




 BG/F 130

 BG/F 125

 BG/F 120

 BG/F 115

 BG/F 110

 BG/F 105

 BG/F 100

 BG/F 95

 BG/F 90

 BG/F 85

 BG/F 80

 BG/F 75

 BG/F 70




This beat is for Waltzes and any piece in 3/4 time. Tempos range from 65 to 115 beats per minute (BPM). 65 BPM being a very slow tempo Waltz, where at 115 we’re at the faster side of Waltz tempo.




 W 115

 W 110

 W 105

 W 100

 W 95

 W 90

 W 85

 W 80

 W 75

 W 70

 W 65




This beat is for any song or hornpipes with a swing or “shuffle” feel. Tempos range from 85 – very slow ballad, to 225  beats per minute – very up, hot swing tempo.




 SW 225

 SW 220

 SW 215

 SW 210

 SW 205

 SW 200

 SW 195

 SW 190

 SW 185

 SW 180

 SW 175

 SW 170

 SW 165

 SW 160

 SW 155

 SW 150

 SW 145

 SW 140

 SW 135

 SW 130

 SW 125

 SW 120

 SW 115

 SW 110

 SW 105

 SW 100

 SW 95

 SW 90

 SW 85