A metronome in an incredibly useful tool to use while practicing music—but I'm sure you already knew that, otherwise you probably wouldn't be here :) It's my wish to be able to help you become a better musician by inviting you to use FreeMetronome.com whenever you need to practice playing with a metronome.
Practicing With a Metronome
It’s hard for beginner musicians to pay attention to both notes and timing. A metronome can help to slow things down and get it right. Using a metronome as you practice is a great way to keep track of your progress. It's easy to do by recording your speed in bmps (beats per minute).
The best thing to do first is to familiarize yourself with your part. It doesn't matter how fast we play if we don't know what to play :)
Next, pick a tempo that you are comfortable playing your piece with. You should be able to get all your notes right at this speed. This will give you a good starting point.
As you gradually increase the tempo, you will start to identify the trouble spots. Analyze them and concentrate on those spots while you practice. Don't increase the tempo until you get it right and start to feel more comfortable. This is important! And yes, you will be tempted to speed up… I know I've been guilty of it too! But please resist the urge, as this method is very beneficial.