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Accessible Metronome

I just recently purchased a metronome that was going to be accessible to me.  Nowadays, most of the metronomes on the market are digital and do not cater to people who have a visual impairment.  However I did find a metronome that was accessible. The metronome model is from Korg and I'll explain later on how I think it's accessible.

For those of you out there who don't know what a metronome is let me give you a brief explanation.  A metronome is a device which allows the musician to keep in time while playing scales, for practical exercises, and while picking up songs, or if one simply wants to keep in time while playing a song.  In other words, the metronome can be used in various settings.  However generally one does not use the metronome while performing in a concert, though this depends on the individual.  One of the main features of the metronome is to simply increase, or decrease the speed of the time while practicing scales, or music.  Metronomes can range from a price bracket of $15 to $60.00.  The one that I purchased was around $30.00 and it was well worth it.

As I explained earlier, most are now digital and depending on how complex you want your metronome to be can be quite difficult to operate as the buttons are not actually buttons that you can physically feel but rather a touch pad button system.  The Korg model that I purchased was the one that was the most accessible in that you actually have physical buttons that you can actually press.  Once more, the layout is simple, and it does cater to the professional musician and amateur in that you have such features to be able to do the following:

1. Increase/decrease the time, (tempo,)

2. Choose the time signature you want to go with.  Meaning is the time signature in 3/4 time, or 4/4 time,

3. To tap the time that you want the metronome to tick in, and the feature that really caught my ear

4. A tuning tone which sounds to be able to tune your instrument.

I can tune accurately to the 440 system; most of the students that I teach need that tuning system to be able to relate their instrument to correct the tuning.

Alternatively for those who have sight, the tuning will actually show on the display which in is embedded into the unit.

The only drawback I found to this unit was that it doesn't have an earphone to enable one to use the metronome in situations where you cannot disturb your roommate or significant other.

At any rate I encourage anyone who is looking for an accessible Metronome to go and pick up the one from Korg.


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Hi, which particular moddle number metronome from korg is it? Thanks

As well, an alternative use for such a device is to keep time during physical exercise; I'm particularly thinking of when I'm on my spin bike and need to keep peddling at a cadance of, say, 90 RPMs.
I have also wondered if there is an accessible metronome iPhone app... I haven't had a chance to investigate but i suspect that there might b.