Peterson BB-1 BodyBeat Pulsing Metronome
- Feel the Beat from the Vibration Clip
- Internalize the Accent and Subdivisions
- Audible and Visual Modes Included
- A440 reference tone is also featured
- Auto-power off to preserve battery life
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The Body Beat Metronome The BodyBeat® offers a new approach on typical metronome use. The BodyBeat metronome produces a pulsing vibration allowing musicians to easily internalize the beat. The BodyBeat clips onto the belt line and a small separate “vibe clip” transmits the beat, in the form of a pulse (including subdivisions and accents) directly to the user. Research has shown that separate neural pathways to the brain exist for tactile impulses and visible/audible information which is why musicians find that tactile pulses are quickly internalized, allowing them to concentrate on reading and listening to the music without the constant distraction of an audio or visual metronome. Feeling the beat, not having to listen to clicks or look at blinking LEDs makes it much easier to focus on the music and playing in correct time.
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However there are some problems and disappointments...especially for the $99 price tag.
Below are my observations.
1. Easy to feel the beats
2. Battery life seems good
3. Buttons / functions are easy to use
4. LCD is easy to read
5. Simple to set (tempo, beat , division)
1. Peterson customer service needs improvement. I received no responses to several requests made through their website. I was very disappointed about this and considered returning the unit.
2. It arrived with a low cost (Large Super Duty) , 9V battery that was almost dead (unit would not function). The battery is low quality and is contrary to the needs stated in the user guide.
3. Seems too large to me. Seems like they could accomplish the same function with a smaller chassis
4. Chassis seems low quality plastic. Not sure it would survive a drop.
5. No memory or preset settings
6. 9V battery is a little difficult to remove/replace.
7. No vibration intensity setting ; the vibration annoys me within 30 mins ; ability to lower the intensity might help
(1) Every student's rhythm improved dramatically and immediately
(2) Even students who typically struggled to play with a metronome, played accurately with the Body Beat
(3) Every student LOVED it, and ALL of them asked me where they could get one.
How many times has a student ever ASKED for a metronome? One female student begged to use it over the weekend, and was willing to drive it across town on Sunday so I had it in time for the owner's next lesson the next day.
As a traditional metronome (with sound) the Body Beat is limited, because the "click" is actually a pitch rather than a wood-block sound. In a situation with several players, only one player would be able to clip the vibrator to them, so you would need a traditional metronome with a loud beat for that purpose; the Body Beat would be too soft. (Clapping hands works works just fine for the few times I'm in those teaching situations; so no great loss, but a valuable improvement for the next model.)
The metric settings (ONE-two-three, ONE-two-three-four, etc.) are great for helping students get oriented to strong beat / weak beat. I haven't used the complex rhythm features, but it's a great option ... there are triplets, dotted rhythms, etc. In spite of the advanced features, the interface is quite simple and easy to use.
I am thrilled with the product and am recommending it to all my students.
It has a plug in for a head set if you still want to hear the tone (with adjustable volume). The only thing I would like to add is a volume for the vibrator, using fresh batteries it can tickle a bit...
The vibrator part can be used with a clip, or you can remove the clip and just put it in a pocket.
This have been helpful with my guitar playing, and would work for any other instrument.
The blip on this thing is high pitched so if you do use ear phones, you don't have to turn it that loud, and it offers a nice variety of subdivisions (quarter, eighth, tripelet, 16ths, and variations of 16ths).
Overall good idea, but needs to be tweaked more. But still an effective metronome
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I have a real hard time trying to practice to a metronome. This is compounded by the fact that I don't have a natural rhythm to start with.Read more
1. The pulsing utilizes the alternative sense to help the sense of timing in practice and performance.