3.4 Counting Consistency

It is important to maintain consistent rhythmic integrity: the varying combinations of note groupings can influence rhythmically the way you play these if you jump in at full speed. Start slowly with a metronome or drum machine as a tempo reference point, whilst maintaining a strict 16th note count of 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a.

It’s worth noting that if you count aloud you will stand a better chance of achieving accuracy: if you internalise the count you may find that the beat slips away from you. Once you’ve got the counting established then tap your foot to the beat – i.e. the 1, 2, 3, and 4’s.

Combine both disciplines and you will be well on your way to developing your own ‘internal metronome’ – but be aware that you may initially find this akin to tapping your head whilst rubbing your belly: it’s a left/right coordination issue that takes time to master for most people.

Stick with it though, as you’ll find that it’s well worth it: rhythm really is the key!




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