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Robyn.fnq
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I bought my old 'clacking' style metronome when I was first learning piano about 5 years ago.  I never ever got myself comfortable playing with it, it is just a distraction.  But lately I've been trying harder to keep my violin at least in the correct tempo, then Pierre announced that we may be able to virtual jam at some stage, and I got excited ... so I dusted off the clacker and I'm trying to play to the recommended tempo on each piece I'm practising.

The first few bars are always ok, then I find I'm off the beat.

Does anyone have any advice about how best to keep a good time and rhythm, or is it all about practise practise practise ... like everything else I'm learning.

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It's not your sense of rhythm.

It is a simple matter of learning to do two things at the same time.  You learn by doing.

Eventually, as you improve, you will be doing many things at the same time as a performer.

Distraction, as you say, IS the purpose and also a great teacher.  One of the best.

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start with slower tempo, then as you got the beats right, increase the tempo, and eventually you will get the right tempo.

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My suggestion is to play my new RHYTHM GAME. Start with the beginners level.

That will help a lot. dancing 

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Hmmm ... not sure what happened to this morning's reply, but I really did try that out immediately, and yes, it's very easy to keep time with my space bar.  I might try foot tapping, I keep promising myself I'm going to sing while I practise to keep time (sing the timing ... one two and three four and ... ), but I keep forgetting.

Having my piano all to myself, I play with my very own expression.  I've never tried to play dance music, so there's no need to keep strict time.  Therefore, I feel it's pure laziness on my part that I've never learned to keep strict timing.

I suppose now is as good a time as any to start learning ...

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It's practice practice and practice, but you have to also count the beats on every song you play, remember to always count with your mind while you play and practice and practice and count,

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The rythem and the beat are both important, so you should practice a lot. But a metronome is  good too. I have one and it really helps me.

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