Was just wandering how many people on here practice with a metronome and tuner?
I find it fundamental in my practices. And use it whenever there is a piece that stipulates a time signature, most of the time starting with the metronome slowly and working to the speed that is stipulated in the book.
Not all songs have a time signature, so I normally start slow on the metronome and speed it up. Allowing me to endeavor to play the song correctly and to some sort of rhythm and with at least some degree of timing in the songs. (The abracadabra book has a CD, that I play along too, which also allows me to focus on the timing stipulated in the book, it can be challenging, but at least I am learning the timing as per the book)
I am terrible with rhythm at the moment, so my metronome really helps me to make sure that at least I am playing in time to a beat, even though it is a predominantly timed, technical beat rather than my own internal beat.
I also use a tuner at times when I do my long note practice and focus on one note at a time, this allows me to make sure that I am playing in tune, and that when I am holding the notes I can focus on maintaining quality of the sound, with it being in tune and correct. Thus allowing me to work on my quality of notes as well as my long notes.
Does anyone else practice like this? Or have difficulties with rhythm and timing?