When they tell you to study with a metronome, have you ever looked for the online metronome sound? That click …

Maybe searched for an app that provides a metronome and maybe a tuner?

And found the metronome in Union Square in New York?


The metronome when you are in NYC
Union square metronome NYC



Then this article is for you!

Let’s go back some time…

Antique metronome

Of course we all love a good picture of the antique metronome on a grand piano. It is the vision of good old study practice, keeping your pace in check and maybe a Maestro pacing the wooden floor and reverberating the sound of the mechanical metronome click, that otherwise you would have hardly heard or was a little too free to interpret. More about metronomes here.


It reminds us of a century old tradition of millions of students who have gone through this ordeal before us. We are part of history! And so is the metronome in itself.


Functioning of an antique mechanical metronome
This picture shows the way a mechanical metronome works.


Those times are obviously over and we all moved on to electronical metronomes.

But sometimes they run out of battery, sometimes they fall and sometimes we throw them just anywhere in an act of desperation…


Metronomes don't grow on trees!
Metronomes don’t grow on trees so do not throw them at anyone!


Pay attention to not throw it out of the window as it might hurt some innocent pedestrian unaware of your struggles with keeping up with the incessant click of a digital metronome! …my experience. But when I explained the mechanism of the evil metronome and what it was used for, the injured pedestrian actually forgave me.

The problem was I still couldn’t really hear the click and when I heard it, it was not where it was supposed to be. So that little machine didn’t follow me…

anyway, to have a metronome that you can actually follow, it needs to be loud and precise, especially when you study the piccolo flute or loud instruments and do not want to link it to earphones as it would disturb the quality sound of your playing.

And maybe it should have different sounds to choose from so you can adapt them to the piece you are studying.

In fact, playing in time is fundamental for any music. Imagine a band, when you need to create “the groove”. Hardly would anyone want to play with a musician who can’t play in time. - Find Flutists and Flute Teachers Online


Metronomes you can bear and hear

So my research went on to the best digital metronome I ever found, and even though I destroyed it twice, I bought it again. Not the metronomes fault, but my own. As it is very handy with a clip and very small I also used it to fix sheet music to anything and it sometimes fell.

But it’s brave, not until it completely went under water, did it do it’s job admirably.

It has a clock and very readable display. It is very small and practical with a clip. But best of all it has two click sounds, one lower (0) and one higher (1) that are both very distinct. You can adjust the volume and most of them times I do not need to go to the top to hear it.

Seiko STMX1 Clip-on Tuner/Metronome

Seiko metronome

I was advised to use this one when I started studying the piccolo and couldn’t hear my normal metronome at all. Now I use it for both piccolo and flute practice and even chamber music.

It is the best metronome with the most distinct and reliable sound. It has also subdivisions and you can study your rhythmical up and downbeats with whatever division you like.

This is a must have for any flutist! click Seiko STMX1 Clip-on Tuner/Metronome  to find out more.


Korg Metronomes

Two other metronomes  that I do recommend because they are doing a great job, from a reliable brand (Korg) and affordable, too,  are the following two.

The first one is both metronome and tuner and does both jobs in a satisfying manner. The second one is a top level metronome, with anything you could wish for. In my opinion it is the best one there is on the market in terms of precision, duration and rhythmich diversity and visuability.

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Korg TM-60 Tuner Metronome Black

Korg TM-60 Tuner Metronome Black


  • Tuner and metronome functions can be used simultaneously and independently
  • Backlit LCD ensures excellent visibility even in dark locations
  • LCD needle-type meter detects the pitch instantly
  • A wide detection range
  • High-precision tuner function and metronome function
  • Twice the battery life of the tm-5 version
  • Convenient memory backup function and Auto power-off function
  • Sound Out mode and Sound Back mode to train your ear
  • Metronome features a wide tempo range from 30 to 252 beatsminute
  • Choose from three types of tempo settings and 15 rhythm variations
  • Easy to use

Korg MA-2 Metronome Blue

Korg MA-2 Metronome Blue


  • innovative “Beat Counting” display clearly shows: Number of Beats / Current Beat / Beats Remaining
  • Tempo can be set three ways: Full Steps / Pendulum Steps / Tap Tempo button
  • new timer mode
  • blue or black
  • up to 400hours of continuous use, auto power-off preserves battery life
  • wide tempo range, generous number of beats and rhythm patterns
  • loud and crisp sound
  • Memory backup saves your settings


Cost metronome

As for the cost of a metronome, if you take one you don’t like, there is the risk you break it and have to buy a new one. So I guess, from my experience, a 30-50 Dollar metronome that you like is the best investment in a peace – and fruitful study time that you can make.

Of course, you can add a free web metronome to it, whenever your phone is not low on charging or you can turn it off. I personally recommend to not use your phone in intervals of at least 20 min (yes, we are at that point, that I have to recommend leaving a phone in airplane mode for 20min!!! and you should see the faces I get for that…).

So if you can turn it into airplane mode you can use it either as a tuner or as a metronome. I do not recommend both at the same time as it is not practical and will make you lose a lot of time and worst case scenario also your patience.

So equip yourself with a good metronome and a good tuner and use your phone only in case one of them is out of charge or you forgot it somewhere.


Free web metronome and sound

My web metronome recommendation is definitely Soundcorset.

I have used it for years now and I’m very satisfied.

  • First of all it is free of charge.
  • In the metronome function which is the first you see in default when you download and open it you can choose the volume of the click and again the sound. (low 0 high 1)
  • You can build an entire percussion orchestra to accompany you buy the … function.
  • Any division of the tempo i possible to install
  • You can regulate the volume
  • Sliding on the screen you can easily set different BpM
  • The tuner is reliable and changeable other than 440 for an A
  • It records your sessions and tells you exactly how much time you spent on what


——–>click here for your free online metronome.<———


But when your phone battery is low, when there is a lot of noise or your phone is busy with other things, it doesn’t work well. So it is something to have just in case you can use it and your electronical devices are out of order.

Metronomical Conclusion

Consider equipping yourself with both, online and electronical tuner and metronome. So you are safe in any case and can study anywhere at any time. Use the advantages of either, whenever you can and do not depend on just one solution. - Find Flutists and Flute Teachers Online

You might consider a tuner as well and can look for sound exercises in my flute practice specials.

The cost of a good metronome and tuner are very affordable. In fact, you can earn them with 2 hours of street music 😉

and you can always back up your equipment with the free Soundcorset App on your smartphone.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below in the comment section and will be more than happy to answer and help.


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  1. Interesting detailed and thorough information on the various types of metronomes. I appreciate your recommendations of metronomes, and where to buy them. Seems like it is key to buy one with ample sound amplification from your description. Good luck with your playing, and thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Tom. I’m happy you enjoyed the article and I hope it has been of help to you. Let me know if you have any questions,
      I’d be more than happy to help,

  2. Great article! The flute is such a lovely and beautiful sounding instrument. I always wished I could play. I just have to settle for listening to others. I’m sure that metronome usage is a handy thing for accomplished flute players. You sound really educated with them. I’ve never heard of Soundcorset. Is it for all instruments?

    • Thank you Cathy, good to talk to you. Yes, Soundcorset is for any instrument and also singers. Any intonated sound producing person or machine can benefit from this app. The interesting fact is also that it shows you how you start and finish the sound, there is a real-time line on your soundproducion. For a wind instrument it is very interesting to see and know if you start the sound from slightly above or below (messa di voce) so it’s perfect in many situations and different instruments! Thank you for asking,

      Cheers and happy musician’s life,

  3. Very pleasant website. I have always admired fluteplayers and this article seems spot on with the correct and right information for your readers. Very good images and videos. well done and keep up good work. 4 stars out of 5

    • Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting. Thank you also for the positive feedback. Just curious: May I ask you what is missing to achieve the 5 stars? I’m a flutist and always trying to achieve the maximun!!
      Cheers, Janie

  4. We have now added another word (metronome) in my vocabulary.

    Great, interesting and very informative article on this wonderful instrument/gadgets. As you articulated, they are valuable and expedient as you study anywhere at any time. Plus the costs are very affordable.

    We used to play the piano and guitar. Looks like we have another musical venue to explore.

    Thanks for this information.

    • I’m happy you found this information useful, and who knows, you might just get back to practice your piano or guitar. Apart from the disastrous scenes I’ve depicted in the article, it can be fun studying with a metronome and very rewarding.
      So if you need more information, please reach out and I’ll be happy to help,
      Thanks and all the best,

  5. What a wonderful reminder of the lessons in my teenage years to play the flute – still a joy to hear (not so good at it now) and yes I in my time we used a manual metronome – so please for todays’ flutists that electronic metronome’s are an option – so constructive that you have provided the information and the tested differences above !!

    • After some metronomic destruction and not so constructive experiences, I’m happy to be able to help out now. In my flutist life I’ve had them all and am finally at peace with my metronome choice. Good to be of help to others and finally doing something constructive about the initial metronome disaster!!
      Thanks for letting me know.

  6. I’m no flutist but I’ve been looking for a metronome for my son, who’s picking up piano lessons. I’m looking for something compact and I’m glad to have stumbled on your article. Hopefully, my son will start getting his beats right.

    • All the best to your son and his beats! Metronomes can also be fun and help you seeing whether you are doing any progress.
      So the sooner your son starts using one, the better!
      If you have any questions along the way, I’d be more than happy to help,
      Happy piano beats,

  7. This is the first time I have ever heard of using metronome as a flute player. I think I will have to recommend this to my friend who is one of the best instrument player.

    I love that you have different types of flutes.

  8. Thank-you for writing such a detailed and informative blog post Janie, I really enjoyed reading it 🙂

    I don’t play a musical instrument myself (I haven’t tried since I was in high school) but it makes me want to give the flute a go!

    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! I see you are into pilates and that is very close in terms of breathing technique. Our air is our bow and we just use the tongue and fingers to articulate, but actually everything is air stream. I think you would love it!
      If you need anything, please let me know,
      Happy to help,

  9. I’m a bass player, or maybe I should say I WAS a bass player as I don’t really seem to have time to play anymore. I learned early on how important it is to practice with a metronome to develop a good internal time. I remember that for some odd reason many guitar players didn’t seem interested in using one while practicing and you could definitely notice it when playing live with them because their timing was all over the place.

    These days I usually just use a drum machine if want to jam alone. It’s because I become much more creative with an actual beat. That’s why I think a metronome is best for pure technical training. Thanks for the tips!

    • You are welcome! Happy to speak to someone playing in a band where it is so very important to keep up the beat and play on time. In classical music if you have your inner underlying pulse and take here a bit give it back there, this is virtuosism. Actually, it is the best part of music, knowing how to play in time, and going to its limits. If you are very elastical with an underlying beat, that you never loose, but that is always there as a referral you can do the wildest things and take your audience with you. I love that so much about the metronome. I actually use it as a partner to play with and go to its limits of nearly being late or anticipating it.
      Of course a drum machine is even better!!
      I’m sorry you do not have much time to play these days, you seem to know your music!
      Thanks for letting me know!

  10. Hi Janie, I just loved this article on metronomes. I use one all the time but didn’t realise that I could get a clip on metronome with a tuner. That will come in very handy! I have seriously considered throwing mine out the window a few times but didn’t want to hurt anyone with my frustration.

    I will be checking out all the options you suggested, it is such an important skill to learn.


    • Dear Lily, I’m glad you didn’t throw your metronome out of the window and hurt someone!! That is the first step on improvement lol.
      Hope you find what works for you, there are some extra versions for every instrument. If you have any questions on them, just leave a comment I will be happy to help you out!
      Have fun when you can finally forget about the time and automated a pulsation after practicing with a metronome. That is when you can create your own groove and make everyone feel it. It is so awesome to play with people who can generate a study beat and play around with it.
      Thank you for reading and commenting on my article,
      Best wishes,


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