#1
So a bunch of people, including pretty much this entire community and my instructor, have been pushing me to practice with a metronome... which is great, I understand why it helps and I've even noticed it help me when I can get it, but the problem is that I can almost never "get it". I can use the metronome with quarter note and SOMETIMES eighth note scales, and "Snow" by the Chili Peppers just because I've found a few good reference notes so I can tell when I'm on target and it just repeats. BUT most of the time I completely lose track of where the beat is. I almost always tap my foot but as soon as I focus on anything else I lose it, so what I'm playing CANNOT be even remotely difficult or syncopated. How do I get my head, fingers, and feet in sync with the metronome so I can finally utilize this thing?
#2
Practice more. If you have the resources, you can try recording yourself playing. That will help you to see where you need more work. But still, just practice more.
#4
I've only been playing five months but I've put in about 4+ hours a day of practice so... I'd hardly say I'm good, or even not bad, but I've been told I'm better than five months, I guess. It's really just a matter of investing countless uncomfortable and frustrating hours with it? Damn this instrument and it's shortcut-lessness haha.
#5
try doubling the tempo. it takes a while, but you'll get it. keep at it
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#6
It's STARTING to come together after seven-some hours of straight practice haha. I can actually keep a pretty consistent beat at 50-60BPM if I focus all my energy on it... anything syncopated and my foot still has a seizure but it's getting there. Thanks all!