Dr. Beat for the upright bassist
Ok, when I was in college, the best
metronome you could get was a pocket Seiko that had a nice dial
in the middle of it and the upgraded model would also give a tuning
note, A-440. It was a good little metronome that could
easily fit into a pocket and it was a huge improvement over the
old, (wind up) lopsided sounding wooden ones people kept on their
pianos! Nowadays, one can get an electronic metronome that
also functions as a tuner as well for a fraction of the price of
we use to have to pay.
What I love about these new
DB-90's (Dr. Beat) metronomes is of course the incredible arrange
of pulse ranges, rhythms, combinations, and accents....wow!
I still haven't figured out all the potential ways to use this one,
but the easy dial on it and the ability to change anything while
you're working on it is so user friendly. You'll have to spend
a few minutes reading the short manual of what it can do (or if
you're like me, just give it to your teenager to quickly become
an instant expert on it and then show you in person!)
The function that I absolutely
love about this box is that while I am working on a passage, I can
then quickly switch the tones that it gives in several octaves and
just set one pitch (as loud as I want). Say for example I
am working on a solo passage that tends to hover (in tonality) around
an Eb. I can set the drone pitch to the Eb or even a fifth
above or whatever you want and use that to make sure that all the
notes stay in tune in my passage. For some really hard, (slow)
passages with big and awkward shifts, it's cool if you have another
tuner to set two pitches. In some cases a passage is so hard
and atonal, that to have two preset tones sounding while you play,
allow you to check each one as you go along in that passage so you
don't have to stop, put your bow down and re-set the pitch.
Or, you can have your metronome working on one, and then use the
one as your pitch drone.
In any case, I still use my Dr.
Beat a lot. I know they're expensive (for a metronome)
but it really helps me economize on my practice time and narrow
down the issues that I need to work on with the ease of having it
all in one box. Go back to the
metronomes and tuners page.