Most music teachers recommend that students practice using metronomes because it’s human nature to slow down at the difficult parts when you’re learning to play a piece of music and speed up when you have the phrase down. Metronomes emit a steady ticking sound that can be set for a specific beat per minute (bpm) pace, and help you play with consistent rhythm throughout the entire piece of music. There are a range of speeds to choose from, allowing you to start slow and increase as you become more adept.
These devices are not just helpful for beginners, as most professional musicians continue to practice with metronomes, particularly when learning a new piece. They come in a variety of styles, and because it can sometimes be frustrating to match the tempo, Wittner has created a line of unique metronomes for use while practicing. Why gaze at boring old metronomes, when you can make practice fun with animal metronomes?
Pick your favorite
There are three fun animal designs available for purchase, so you can pick the one you or your child will enjoy the most. The Cat metronome is a gray striped tabby, with whiskers, a big, bushy tail and silly smile on his face. Wittner’s sassy Penguin metronome is black and white with an orange bill and feet, and appears to be singing along to the music. Whereas the Owl metronome has a fittingly wise expression on his face and both wings behind his back.
All of the animal metronomes are made out of sturdy plastic and are standing up, adorned with a traditional clockwork pendulum mechanism on their “tummies.” The timer can be set by sliding their bowties up and down and offers a range of 40bpm up to 200bpm. They’re sure to add a touch of the whimsical to scales and exercises alike.
Or pick all three!
You can find all three Wittner Taktell Metronomes on the Johnson String Instrument website when you shop for instrument accessories. With the holidays fast approaching, you may be searching around for that one perfect gift for the musician in your life. These fun yet practical metronomes make the perfect gift for the cat loving violinist, owl obsessed bassist, or penguin superfan on your list.
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