Metronome Practice: The Top 3 Reasons Why Real Drum Sounds Beat Lifeless Clicks

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If you’re practicing an instrument or writing music to a metronome, you’re already on the right track. The more you use a metronome, the better your timing will be, and the more professional you’ll sound. But there’s a catch.

Most metronomes feature only non-musical click sounds. While these won’t get in your creative way, they also don’t simulate playing with other musicians, aren’t inspiring, and won’t effectively develop your rhythm. So should you dump your metronome in favor of practicing with real drum sounds?

Here are the top reasons why we think you should.

1. Clicks Get Old Fast

So many of our customers say that their metronome was getting boring (or worse, annoying), and that they are thrilled to practice to natural sounding drums. Why? Simply put, a click isn’t a natural sound, and we like natural things. As such, a click is very noticeable and you have to practice around it. Over time, the consistent click is like ‘water torture’ and will wear away at you, forcing you to turn it off. That’s a problem because we need to get our practice time in!

2. Clicks ‘Ain’t Got That Swing’

While hearing the beat is important, feeling the beat is ultimately the goal. Using a metronome with drum sounds will help you feel the beat and train your rhythm more effectively. Plus, locking into a rhythm is really fun.

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3. Drums Ooze Feeling

As a musician, you need to have great timing and continue practicing to tempos. But a click lacks a very important characteristic: feeling. Drum beats are alive, and that feeling will infuse whatever you’re playing. Finding a good variety of drum beats will open up doors for your music practice and creative endeavors.


While metronome clicks give you the basics to practice in perfect time, they lack the important musical characteristics that drum beats provide – such as energy, rhythm, and a sound that doesn’t annoy you!

You can simulate a metronome with drum sounds by playing with a great drummer, programming a drum machine, or downloading Drum Beats+, our drum beat rhythm metronome app. It uses real drum beats to develop your senses of rhythm, timing, and more. It was made by musicians who were frustrated by practicing with boring metronomes.

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Stress-free simplicity. Drum Beats+ has just the right amount of features so you’ll never waste time fiddling with buttons and getting stressed out. It’s a straightforward metronome with great-sounding drum beats that is designed to help you improve.

Train your rhythm naturally. Since Drum Beats+ is packed with real grooves, you’ll have the perfect environment for training your rhythm (it’s just like playing with a real drummer). Say goodbye to that horrible click.

Master beat continuity. With our fun and challenging ‘bar-break’ beats, you’ll be able to easily make beat continuinty a regular part of your practice routine – which your bandmates will love. This is impossible to do on regular metronome apps, and a pain to program on drum machines.

Keep time when playing loud or soft. With our pre-programmed dynamics trainer beats, you can easily practice playing from soft to loud at different speeds and rhythms. This is a great way to improve your timing and dynamics all at the same time.

It’s affordable. Our app costs less than a hamburger and has tons of valuable, great-sounding beats.


Music has brought a lot of joy to our lives, and Drum Beats+ is our gift back. It was lovingly designed to save you time and make practice more fun. Download it today and bring back the fun and productivity to practice! We know you and your students will love it.