Paul Carman Music
The CD Metronome is a revolutionary new practice tool for students and professionals. The 2CD set contains 51 tracks of LIVE jazz drumming for you to use as your metronome when you are practicing anything in a swing style. Just think of it as your own personal drummer, willing to play with you anytime (with perfect time), for as long as you want. Whether you are working on scales, transcriptions, patterns, or blowing through changes, The CD Metronome creates an inspiring environment for your practicing in a way that click metronomes and drum machines can't touch!
For students new to jazz, the CD Metronome becomes your swing teacher by helping you embody the feel of swing 1/8 notes. The best way to learn swing is to play next to a good jazz drummer.
Downloadable versions of CD Metronomes can be purchased as high quality MP3 files.
These sets are in 2 sections: Ballad Style 50-70bpm and Swing Style 50-400bpm. I've included the Ballad section because drummers play a different kind of swing on ballads than they do when playing a slow swing tune. In the Swing section the style of drumming changes as the speed increases, just like real drummers do (because it is a real drummer). Also in this section tempos start much slower than would be considered swing. This is so you will be able to practice an extremely fast passage very slowly while maintaing the correct feel.
Each track on the CD Metronome is approximately 3min long. To work at one specific tempo for longer than that, set your CD player to repeat one track (a function common to almost all CD players...there will be a slight delay as the player loops back). If you are working at increasing your speed on certain material, I suggest setting the CD Metronome to start at a tempo 2-3 settings slower than your "comfort level" and letting the CD play track after track. Every 3min you will automatically hear a slightly faster tempo giving you a great workout.
New England Conservatory
Jim...jazz student at USC