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Molly Miller – Make a Metronome Sound Groovy

Guitarist Molly Miller talks about the importance of rhythm and practicing with the metronome

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We are joined this week by one of the most prolific up-and-coming jazz guitarists of the LA scene. She has played with Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz, from Royal Albert Hall to Hollywood Bowl, meet Molly Miller as she answers a few questions for us.

1) Why is rhythm important?

Rhythm is one of the key elements of music. It is essential to have good rhythm and a solid sense of time.

2) How often do you practice with a metronome?

I use a metronome at almost all of my practice sessions. If I can make a metronome sound groovy, then I am in a good place.

"If I can make a metronome sound groovy, then I am in a good place."

3) Why is it important to practice with a metronome?

A metronome keeps you honest.

4) Can you name one thing that you like about the metronome on

I like to practice using a metronome, record myself, and then listen back. This allows me to hear how I am interacting with time – am I rushing? When I get excited do I get deeper or farther away from the groove? Using a metronome while practicing has helped me with my feel and time.

Molly Miller – Make a Metronome Sound Groovy

Molly Miller

Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style. She’s one of Los Angeles’s most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Donna Missal, and Morgxn, at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, Coachella, Red Rocks Ampitheatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. In her feature in the renowned magazine, Guitar, Michael James Adam notes, “she slings the guitar like a wordsmith, wry and sarcastic with a playful slant and flows from hushed whisper to bursts of elation with aplomb”. Miller is featured on Jason Mraz’s 2018 album Know and his forthcoming record, out in Summer 2020. She is in the house-band on The Bachelor’s newest ABC primetime show, Listen To Your Heart. Soon after earning her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in 2016, she became the chair of the Guitar Department at Los Angeles College of Music, a position she still holds. When Miller’s not on tour, running a guitar department, or in the studio, she heads her own trio, Molly Miller Trio, showcased on NPR’s Fresh Air. The second album by Molly Miller Trio is slated for release later in 2020.

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