So, I have an older son (18) who used to only use the metronome in practice if I told him he had to. He didn’t fight me on it, he just didn’t prefer it. I used to explain to him the benefits of letting it help him find a steady beat. I also encouraged him to learn to “feel” it within his body or use his foot… or arms… or anything to help him keep that beat ever so steady.
Well, today I saw something amazing happen. He has a big pile of his own students who come for lessons, and today I heard him poke his head out the door of his teaching studio and ask if anyone knew where the metronome had gone. His younger brother yelled up the stairs that he had it and that he would be right up.
His speech made a believer out of me.
I actually just stood there in disbelief (or relief?) when he took that metronome in his hands and proceeded to explain to his two students (who were sitting there ready for their guitar lesson) about the importance of the metronome. His speech made a believer out of me.
I just smiled and ducked back into the dark. 🙂