I'm new to the forums so forgive me if this is not the correct place for this thread...
I'm an aspiring metal guitarist, been mucking around on guitar since high school, put it down for the last 6 years but have recently become re-inspired and picked it back up again. I really want to pursue this 'hobbie' as it gives me great satisfaction even though i am currently only very limited in my skills...
I realise that to become as good as my idols i must begin practicing like them, which means i need the equiptment to help me do that, ie:
A good guitar tuner and metronome.
So my question is what are good choices for the above mentioned items?
My philosophy is to buy something decent that will last me, so i don't mind paying more for a better product.
As far as the tuner goes, i would prefer something that will cover everything: 6,7 and 8 string guitars, 4 and 5 string basses. And also i would like something that enables accurate downtuning: D, C, etc.
As for the metronome i have been looking at the mechanical pendulum types. Are these any good? Most have a range of 40-208 bpm, is this adeqate?
Any input from you guys / girls would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, and keep on rockin'
I'm a huge fan of the Korg CA-30. It's dirt cheap ($20) but accurate, tiny and reliable. It's not going to be part of your rig, since it just has an input to tune to, but if you're just practicing, it's a worthy investment. As for the metronomes, those tick-tock mechanical things are fine, but they're surprisingly pricey. All you really need in a metronome (IMO) is the beat, maybe an accent for the beginning of each measure, and a large range of tempos. There are loads of them out there that fit that category. Honestly, for where you are right now I wouldn't invest heavily in either of those things for now, since you can get them on the cheap. Later you can go for a strobe tuner or something, but for now I'd put the money in a guitar and amp that inspire you to play more!