When I was bashing the metronome I didn't play with a clean sound (call me stupid but I think mistakes show up more when playing distorted, not clean) so hence I played distorted with the metronome, also I play clean about once a millenium, so there was no point practicing clean i.e. practice what you'll play.
Once I was comfortable with a speed I moved it up 8 beats then got comfortable with that and moved up again etc....
Personally I'd give up on TS.
I can play it, but not like it's meant to be played, leave the mystery of the classics as just that.....mystery!
The best thing to do when learning a song like TS is to actually learn the notes slowly, like you are doing.
Get the fingering a positioning correct no matter how slow it sounds, then analyse it section by section and speed up or slow down each section as required, you have to be confident in what you're playing, once you have that you can work on the speed.
TS is a hard song, and also my favourite, it's his masterpiece if you ask me and I cannot re-create it at all, but nowadays I don't want to, I just add my own flavour to it
P.S. You are tackling one of his hardest songs.
Ever wonder why he never plays it live?
(Edited by ripl3y at 4:42 pm on Dec. 15, 2001)