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JausAP
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I have very poor timing when it comes to quarter notes. I noticed this while playing the William Tell Overture. Are there any exercises that I can do to improve this?

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This will sound kind of goofy, but my strings teacher makes the whole class do it when we have trouble with timing.  He has us put our instruments down and just clap out the notes in the proper time.  We do it several times and then when we pick up our instruments to play, our timing and phrasing are much better.  It really works.

clapclapclapclapclap

I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.

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Good idea, Gail. Practicing with a metronome helps too.

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Gail said
This will sound kind of goofy, but my strings teacher makes the whole class do it when we have trouble with timing.  He has us put our instruments down and just clap out the notes in the proper time.  We do it several times and then when we pick up our instruments to play, our timing and phrasing are much better.  It really works.

clapclapclapclapclap

 

OMG...I WAS JUST DOING THAT LAST NIGHT, BUT I WASN'T GOING TO ADMIT TO IT; I FELT LIKE A THREE YEAR OLD WITH SUSPECT EYE-HAND COORDINATION.  OH MY LORD...THE THINGS WE DO TO FIND TEMPO.....duncecap

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I haven't listened to the William Tell Overture in years but there isn't any quarter notes in that song is their? I remember that song as being very fast. If you're working on that song not sure why you are having problems with your timing. Fast songs like that you can't really tap your foot or anything, you just really need to spend the time to learn it so you hear it in your head while you play if that helps. I can't tap my foot and play at the same time. When you play slower songs you can try tapping your heal instead of your toes, seems to work better for me 😉 Good luck and would love to hear you play that song, it's fast....

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Thank you all, I tried putting down the violin and tapping/clapping my hands to it and then I linked that motion to bowing and I believe I am improving.

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I stomp my foot counting the notes, but now I installed my computer in my violin room so I'll be able to use an online metronome.

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