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GUEST,Vixen @ work How do you get someone to play in time? (37) RE: How do you get someone to play in time? 25 Oct 02

My timing is improving, ever so slowly. Here are the things that have worked for me...

1) DANCE to a recording of the song in question. Somehow, my *body* can find the beat when my brain/hands/feet can't.

2) JAM WITH A GOOD BASS PLAYER. When there's a bass player who stays on the beat, I can stay on the beat.

3) Practice things R-E-A-L-L-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y and count the beats. Then gradually bring it up to speed (especially for tunes on whistle).

Now, all these things help, but I still get out of sync sometimes. For those moments, I STOP PLAYING, and try to find the beat again before I start up. Sometimes I never do catch up, and I start, and stop, and start, and stop, and finally just quit and pray that everyone forgives me.

What I STILL haven't got the hang of is coming in at the right time in a song when I'm singing, particularly at the start of choruses and verses. Sometimes I get it right, and sometimes I don't, and I have NO CLUE about how to consistently hit it on the nail.

As I heard a pianist say on NPR this morning, "There's always something to learn..."


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