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Hey all - I've been using this app for some time and recommend it to all my students. It's got all the essentials you need for practicing to a variety of rhythms.

It's got a basic layout which is easy to navigate if you're just starting out, and if you want more customization of your layout and the ability to save rhythms, change sound sets, etc, you can upgrade to the paid version for $3. It's available for Android or iPhone/iPad.

If you're looking for an app to tighten up your playing, check out Tempo by Frozen Ape.

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Let me know how you like it.

Got another metronome app you like? Share it here with us.


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Otono are you saying this app will let you customize  Conjunto/Norteno rhythms so you can play along with your acordeon? Thanks  for any advice you can provide.
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Yeah, that's right, Ramiro. So, for polkas, you would set it to either 2/4 or 4/4. For waltzes and redovas, 3/4. For boleros and cumbias, 4/4. Huapangos, 6/8...etc.

With the paid version, you can save these rhythms and tempo settings so you can recall them easily from your custom list. There's even a drum kit sound set, if you'd like to play along to a synthesized drum sound.

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Otono, thanks for the info, just one more question as I am technologically deficient. Can I use this app on my PC?. I don't have what you would call an I pad or I phone.  I have a small Samsung that I  bought from HSN and put minutes on it thru Tracfone.
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I don't think you can use this app on a PC (unless someone else here know of a work around to simulate apps on a PC).

If your phone is a "smartphone"... one with a touch screen that allows you to install apps, then you should be able to use that.

If you take a picture of your phone or have a model number that we can look up, we may be able to check for you.

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Yep mine does allow me to install apps. Thanks!!
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What about the speed to work up to on tempo? 180-200 for polkas? 120 for waltzes? What number should we start off with?
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Performance speed is something you'll need to take into account when setting your goals in terms of tempo. Also, different styles and bands settle into different tempos for each rhythm (and each song a group plays can also vary from one another). Generally, Los Garcia Brothers play much slower than say, Steve Jordan or just about any of the early recordings you'll hear.

That said a good speed for polkas (imo) is about 95-110. That's performance speed, setting the metronome to 2 beats (2/4), with 1/8 notes marking the basic rhythm. If you set the metronome to 4 beats (4/4), with 1/4 notes, you'll need to double that number range to 190-220 (in order to give you the same "tempo" or speed).

So, obviously when you're learning a new song you're not going to start at performance speed levels. Where you do start depends on you. I recommend starting to listen to the metronome at close to the performance speed to get adjusted to where the notes go while you hum along to the beat. Then start to slow the metronome until it's at a more reasonable speed for playing. For some people, 75% speed will be a good starting place. For others, perhaps closer to 50% speed. It doesn't so much matter where you start, as long as you respect the time and put the notes in the place rhythm-wise. As you get more comfortable, you can increase the speed until you can play along at a "performance" worthy speed. If you really want to dominate the timing and your execution of the song, nail the song at least 10-15% faster (and slower) than performance speed. If you can do that, playing at normal speed will be a breeze and even more comfortable.

If you'd like to test what speed a song is being played at, you can use this metronome app's "tap" feature to find the tempo. Just tap along to the song and the metronome will automatically adjust the tempo number.

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