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Matthias CJB
Nov 26, 2021
Hi! I would be really thankful for any advice how to improve rhythm and timing in a fun way. Obviously there is no substitute for practicing with a metronome, counting while playing, rhythm pyramids…
But it all feels so much like a drill and I‘m losing the joy. Any ideas how to lighten up my practice routine?
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Matthias CJB
Nov 26, 2021
I often cope by being at least a solid passive time keeper, that’s why I tend to sloth my way out of rhythm training 😬
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Kyle Maher
Nov 26, 2021
Maybe exploring/learning some songs with odd time signatures or learning to dance could help make things more fun.
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yooval mann
Nov 26, 2021
You haven't mentioned what instrument do you practice? I recommend practicing some sort of drum it's good for all musicians, it's an essential element - earth - which should be a part of every musician, pick a drum you like whether with sticks or hands and practise solid patterns with a metronome get yourself into a trance become one with the groove,

When you play your other instruments -
Play with recorded drum loops, I recommend this guy

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCDk8EPyY-AhS_LQbnaun1_g

When playing along make sure to tap your foot like a metronome this way you add another layer of participation.
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Matthias CJB
Nov 26, 2021
Hi! Thanks for your Advice and ideas!
I play guitar, a bit piano and am now more focused on improving my singing (and by singing my struggle with timing really gets oblivious).
I actually play a fair amount of music with odd time signatures. Dancing seems to be a brilliant idea. At least with a more „active time-keeping“ approach.

And picking up a drum is also a very tempting idea. I might try that first!
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Kyle Maher
Nov 26, 2021
There's also konnakol counting or beat boxing. And as vaguely as I can put it try searching the word Hero on certain sites and enjoy playing those rhythms
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Tom Belknap
Nov 26, 2021
@matthias if you play odd time signature stuff, one way to practice your timing is to recognize that 7/8, played twice, is 7/4. Therefore, don't do the 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3 you might normally count and do 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 through quarter notes and note how you sync up every other measure, while playing funky offbeats on the odd measures. Great way to both sync up your time and also discover new rhythms within the time signatures you're already exploring.
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Matthias CJB
Nov 26, 2021
Great idea Tom!
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Sean Davies
Nov 27, 2021
I had the same issue with rhythm also. I just didn't understand it or how to make it fun. And being a bass player rhythm is ment to be a strong point.

I went out and bought a drum practice pad. It makes little sound and can give a good sense timing.

Well that's my advice.
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4tus
Nov 28, 2021
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Matthias CJB
Nov 28, 2021
😍 Cory Wong! His parents named him after a Vulfpeck song.

😭 This is so inspiring. I would love to achieve this kind of feeling for timing. Definitely gonna practice with the metronome on any other beat
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Matthias CJB
Nov 28, 2021
His right hand looks like a tarantula having a party in a washing machine
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yooval mann
Nov 30, 2021
great video there 4tus!