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A simplified self learning system for the Mandolin with tuning instruction, song folio, chord diagrams, sheet music and PDF for printing. By ZARH MYRON BICKFORD

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In Martial Mood (continued)
Short Study
The Metronome
This is a little instrument invented by Maelzel in 1816 for marking or measuring the time. Its
principal use is to indicate the rate of movement desired by the composer, although it can also be
made to assist in developing a sense of rhythm by listening carefully to the regular ticks and en -
deavoring to imitate them in the counting or beating. The figures on the face of the dial show the
number of ticks it will give per minute with the top of the little sliding weight set at any given
The letters M. M.. stand for"Maelzel's Metronome',' the figures frequently given at the beginning
of a composition, immediately following a note, indicating the rate at which these particular notes
are to be played. Thus, indicates that eighth notes are to be played at the rate of 60 to the
minute, or one to a second, the top of the little weight being set at 60 on the dial. There is also a
form of the instrument in the shape of a little pocket tape measure, and the use of one or the other is
strongly advised, although the real development of the sense of rhythm must come from within.
The pocket metronome and its use are more fully explained in a later volume.
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