Here’s a cool idea to not only cure the metronome monotony, but to really develop your timing and rhythm. Start by setting the metronome to a tempo around 80 – 92 bpm (beats per minute). Choose a scale that you’ve been learning or working on recently. Now, play that scale as quarter notes to the metronome one time through. Then play the same scale again as eighths, then triplet eighths, then sixteenths, then quintuplets (a group of five notes), then triplet sixteenths, then if you dare – septuplets (a group of seven notes). This gives you a series of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Pretty cool? It will take practice to run the sequence with no breaks, no rests and no repeating notes. You’ll notice each grouping has a unique feel to it. For example, I “feel” triplets as round and sixteenths as square. That’s just my take on how they feel to me. Have fun with it!