How to Improve Your Musical Timing

When learning to become a musician (if you’ve never seriously played an instrument before) you need first learn the basics of playing – the technique, the fingering and how to read the notation are the most important things you need to know in the beginning.

As time goes on you may grow tired of playing with yourself and you may get the urge to play along with friends and possibly start a band. This very same thing happened to me, and I had quite a shock once we all started playing together as I realized I had absolutely awful timing. We have many more Music help Articles Now Available.

It is a fact that some people are born with natural rhythm, and therefore have naturally good timing. But what about the rest of us? What if we aren’t born with natural rhythm? Luckily, developing good timing (and being able to stay in time) is not that hard if you know how. The first and most important thing that you need is a metronome.

A metronome can be either a digital device that beeps or a pendulum that swings; ticking as it reaches each end. You can set a metronome to beep at different tempos (most songs range from 120 beats per minute to 180 beats per minute).

Secondly, find yourself a like-minded drummer that already has good timing. Just playing along and jamming with him will improve your timing. If you’re having trouble with this, ask your drummer to play a simple beat and listen for each hit on the snare drum. We have many more Music help Articles Now Available.