Metronomes, for me, were-until the last 2 years-not a tool that I used often. My teacher had me use metronomes in the 1st few years of my drumming. After about 6 years, we both noticed that my natural sense of time was accurate enough to begin playing w/out the use of a metronome. From then on, even when playing out, I didn’t use any metronome or time-keeping devise @ all. Thankfully, I was able to stay in time & even now, looking back @ old DVDs & videos of shows past, I hear & see myself staying in time mvery well. @ years ago, I bought a Roland V-Drums TD-4SX to fufill my wish of having an electronic kit along w/ my acoustic kit. That particular kit was perfect for me, as I didn’t wish to spend a huge amt. of $ on a e-kit, but still wanted a make & model that would be worthwhile & give me a good e-kit experience. This kit comes w/ a Practice Coach. Included is a metronome that can be set @ any bpm, & can even change bpm’s after every 4 measures to keep your timing precise! Ever since I bought this kit, I’ve been practicing w/ the metronome & Practice Coach Mode’s Warm Ups, Time Checks, & Tempo Checks! So I do suggest that, no matter how long you’ve been playing, or how good your natural timing is, practice w/ a metronome-even if it’s only once in a while (like myself).