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There is a fair bit of material on the web if you want to read more (though you have to search a bit to find it).

This is now available as part of a kindle booklet from Amazon
Vanishing Metronome Clicks, for Timing Sensitivity: And other Metronome Techniques - Many Ways to Use a Metronome


Metronome Technique

  • Try the free on-line book Metronome Techniques by Frederick Franz, (1947, revised by Jon Truelson) especially his Chapter 2.His history section is an interesting read too. That's where I found out about Hansom's 1893 mechanical conducting metronome (see #Patents below)
  • Joe Craig's Rhythm has a good section on the rhythmic magic of musicians and how to practise with the metronome to get the feel of playing ahead, behind and on the beat.

Timing and Tempo variations and Micro Timing

  • Paul Lamere Revisiting the click track from Music Machinery, a blog about music technology - great post with graphs of variation in timing and tempo for various songs, with and without click tracks.

These articles by Michael Stewart look interesting but haven't been able to obtain them yet:

  • Michael Stewart: " Creativity, Recording, and the Conscious Mind. Electronic Musician, November 1988:44-8."

Polyrhythm links

There's plenty of material on this on the web. Here are a few I've found:

This site is especially interesting as it also goes into the philosophy / spirituality behind the African polyrhythms Foundation Course in African Music | Rhythmic Principles. See also the wikipedia article Ewe drumming

For Hemiola, see the Wikipedia entry Hemiola. Incidentally see also their entry on Polyrhythm

Polyrhythms for the drumset by Peter Magadini

Polyrhythms, the Musician's Guide - by Peter Magadini

For practicing Indian polyrhythms, Practicing and making music without your instrument

Then there's New Musical Resources - by Henry Cowell. It has a long section on rhythm, also exploring polyrhythms and harmonic polyrhythms. Cowell is the one who commissioned Theremin to make the Rhythmicon for exploring these polyrhythms based on the harmonics series.


There are a couple of modern patents for conducting metronomes, one in Spain and one in the US. I discovered them recently, long after I first published Bounce Metronome but they do predate it. Also there's one nineteenth century US patent for a mechanical conducting metronome.

The patents are:

  • Sine Metronome patent Inventors: IRUETA Aramayo, JOSEBA ANDONI Date of Application: 23/05/2007, Award Date: 17/11/2010

You can read more about the Sine Metronome here: the Sine Metronome which includes a video of his metronome in action (as a dot moving on the screen).

There's a bit more about Hansom's mechanical conducting metronome here: J. Treadway Hanson's demonstration of a mechanical conducting metronome in 1893.

I first got the idea for Bounce metronome on 23rd November 2008, can date it precisely as I blogged about it here on the very day I had the idea: Bouncing ball metronome

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Some of the other software metronomes

I also maintain a list of other software and on-line metronomes, which you can find here:

A big list of some of the other metronomes available for Windows - and Online Metronomes

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I'm Robert Walker, the inventor and programmer for Bounce Metronome Pro. These Many Ways to Use a Metronome pages arise out of the research I did for the program, and feedback from users of the software.

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