Improve Your Musical Rhythm with Metronome Exercises (no instrument needed)

One of the greatest challenges for musicians at all levels is mastering rhythm. Most struggle with timing and it takes steady discipline to master this musical element. In this video, you will learn to develop a stronger sense of both rhythm and timing by practicing basic clapping exercises with the metronome.


I see a lot of musicians out there who are great at making good sounds and are funky and awesome sounding but their sense of rhythm is totally ungrounded. They speed up, they slow down and its almost beyond their control. I used to be like that but after years of practicing with the metronome very diligently I’ve finally come to a point where I can hold a rhythm and take the role of a drummer. This lets me ease into a consistent repetition and that’s what’s really makes music have a sense of grounding.


What I want to give to you is some very simple exercises that you can do without any instrument. We are just going to use a metronome and clapping to do all of this. If you don’t have a metronome, it’s totally fine, just use one of the free metronome sites or apps below.


Free metronome on the web (the one I use in this video):
Free metronome mobile app:

BONUS: A great rhythm lesson by master piano/keyboard player Chick Corea:

What are the keys for you to improve your rhythm and timing? Post your response in the comments section below.


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AJ Block is the director of Didge Project and is active as a didgeridoo teacher and performer. In addition to didgeridoo, AJ has spent years studying music traditions from all over the world including jazz (trombone and piano), western classical music, Indian Classical Music, guitar and world percussion. AJ has developed a number of programs for Didge Project including The ABCs of Didgeridoo, The Didgeridoo Skills Course, and Circular Breathing Mastery. He is also the author of Didge For Sleep, a didgeridoo learning method designed specifically for people with Sleep Apnea. As a performer AJ is the leader of the Didge Project Music Collective and a member of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. AJ is a founding member of Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of sacred art traditions through education, ritual and study. As a student of spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino AJ is an active member of the Golden Drum community.