How Musicians Use a Metronome, Can Help Body Employees be Better Blueprinters

A metronome is a device that produces an audible beat—mostly a click —at regular intervals that the user can set in beats per minute. Musicians use the device to practice playing to a regular pulse. Metronomes typically include a set synchronized visual motion that sways rhythmically and goes, "Click. Click. Click. Click." It strengthens a musician's inner pulse, improves rhythmic precision, and increases the consistency of their playing. How does the metronome do all these things by saying the same thing over and over? It’s all in how you use it. If you were forced into piano lessons as a child and introduced to a metronome, you might think the metronome simply serves to “keep time." Beginners rely on the metronome, rather than use it to build their own internal sense of rhythm. You may think that a metronome is an inanimate object, but you'd be wrong. A metronome is a cruel, heartless, sadistic demonic beast that tears out your heart with its teeth. It stomps upon your soul. It taunts you with name calling. It chants (in perfect time) "wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong" and "worthless worthless worthless worthless worthless worthless worthless worthless" and "hack hack hack hack hack hack hack hack".

Just like most seasoned production managers.

But get rid of the images of children struggling along while their teachers claps with the metronome to emphasize the beat. Start thinking of your favorite musician practicing with one at home when no one is looking and then blowing people’s minds at the concert. Because developed musicians will use it deliberately and intentionally to solve a specific musical problem that presents itself. Here's how a metronome works for musicians and might help our employees preform better blueprinting:

Gradually Accelerate 1) Slow down a section to an easily playable tempo. 2) Practice at this tempo until it can be played correctly and consistently. 3) Bump up the tempo on the metronome a few clicks. 4) Repeat steps 1-3 until the final tempo is reached. 5) Practicing slowly and gradually and speeding up the tempo is usually the first and most common advice for metronome usage.

Most of us have probably heard the adage: “You’ve got to go slow to go fast." Doing this is helpful for getting notes “under the fingers," so they are not a jumbled mess or for our employees to improve accuracy in disassembly and blueprinting. Initially purposely slowing down gives the brain enough time to listen to each note, process what it is hearing, identify intonation and musical issues, and fix problems that are easy to miss at a faster tempo. Wow. Let that soak in. Do I really need to make comparisons of my previous sentence, to the required focus, accuracy, high-level of communications between tech and writer that is required to be absolutely accurate when blueprinting?

Slow down blueprinting + Concentrate on accuracy = Speed up the repair

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