One of the biggest challenges of playing any instrument is the ability to play in time.
This is usually the weakest of all musical requirements.
I recommend to first get comfortable with whatever piece or exercise you are working on.
Second start SLOWLY with a metronome. A metronome is a time keeping device that makes a clicking sound. You can set the BPM or beats per minute from 40 BPM to 300 BPM depending on your metronome. Start at 50 or 60 BPM and concentrate on staying right with the click or beat.
The advantages of playing with the beat is your playing sounds professional and when you play ensemble style (with other musicians) you are all on the same page so to speak. I can’t emphasize this enough most players I teach ignore their timing and it is the foundation of all music.
Till next time,
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Vince Lauria Sun and Earth Music