You NEED a metronome. Everyone is afflicted with some degree of “dysclockxia”. A metronome is a proven treatment. Buy and use a metronome. The market place is filled with extraordinary electronic metronomes at widely varying prices and capabilities. Focus on the metronome part of the device. Don’t overbuy. Read the user reviews to ensure the device has plenty of volume.
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Slow Down Recorded Music
Slowing down the tempo of a fast moving tune can be a very helpful technique for learning the tune. Here are two software products designed for that purpose. They work without changing the pitch of the recorded music.
- Audacity - Free
- Amazing Slow Downer - $50
Download a Free Trial
Most Digital Audio Workstations include a feature to slow down music without altering the pitch.
- D'Addario Picks
- Jim Dunlop Picks
- Wegman Picks
- Clayton Picks - having trouble keeping your grip on a pick? Check out Clayton's Shark pick. It has sand embedded in it!
- Herco Nylon Picks
- Herdim Nylon Picks
- Pick Punch - Make your own picks
I am a long time customer of Pick Punch. My go-to shape is the baby 346. My favorite material is acetal delrin. Depending upon the tune, the ensemble and style of playing I may use gauges of plastic sheeting bought from Pick Punch that range from 0.50mm to 0.80 mm in thickness. As some one who perpetually loses picks and is grumpy about flexibility and shape, I find Pick Punch provides a great support systems. One sheet of plastic can easily produce fifty or more picks. That makes the unit cost next to nothing.