Not to cause harm by posting to an old topic, but given its recent inclusion on Facebook by Songbird, I have an addition I feel might help.
I also find a metronome to be a nice thing to work with. For me, it's mostly to keep myself from going instantly to full tempo. In my head I have an idea of how fast a song should be, an idea of when I should be doing what. Of course, when first learning a song, we often can't instantly play every bit of it at full tempo. A metronome provides me with an external time, which forces me to be mindful of how fast I play. Most of my frustration from playing new songs comes from trying to up the tempo too fast, and stumbling over phrases. Using a metronome makes me remember to slow it all down, and then I can gradually bring it up to speed as my fingers/lungs grow used to the transitions between the notes in the different passages.
That being said, the sound of a metronome can be rather distracting sometimes, especially the digital ones, where they use a tone to keep the time. If the tone it plays is disharmonic from the music, I can occasionally mess up while I try to figure out why a note was "wrong"
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