View Full Version : Need help with rhythms & timing

08-02-2008, 03:33 PM
I have been playing guitar for 8 years. I have learned alot of technical skills but, my timing is not up to par. I've tryed everything that i can think of. I have trouble keeping count and preforming the most basic rhythms in time.

I have tried using a metronome but I cant stay in time for a very long time.

Do you have any ideas on how i can finely learn to stay in time

08-03-2008, 07:58 AM

Are you speeding ahead of the metronome or falling behind?

When I have found myself getting ahead of the time it seems to be because I have trained myself (without intention) to do so by practicing a section without regard to time just so I can get the mechanics down. One thing that helps me slow back down is to tap my foot in time, along with the metronome.

When I am losing time it is because I am searching for a string, either with my pick or left hand, in which case slowing down (setting a lower tempo) is indicated.

I have also noticed that making certain I have my thumb anchored on the back of the neck, the guitar supported by a strap, and my rlght hand anchored by the position of my right forearm all make it easier for me to keep time by minimizing unsteady movement.

Hope that helps some.


08-03-2008, 11:56 AM
bravo!! OC!

one thing that you didn't mention is to count. I have recently found my self counting with out thinking about it.