Playing on time or keep the rhythm correctly is one of the most important things when it comes to playing the guitar. Think that the drummer or the metronome, are your bosses and you have to obey without protest, follow their instructions but not for that it has to be something tedious or boring.
To achieve our goal we will combine some tips to bring with your guitar a firm, stable and graceful accompaniment:
Start counting, you just have to know how to count to 4 because most of the songs are written in 4/4. Put the song or exercise that you are learning and count 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, … you will see how everything fits perfectly. You can count aloud while you play, slowly, and then count silently and keep the rhythm
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It is like a bad teacher, hard and strict, but it is the best. Practice with the metronome, if you are playing songs you can replace the metronome with the drum track (whenever possible) to play in a way that is closer to reality.
If you are playing exercises, always play with a metronome and above all. Lower you’re speed until you play it perfectly as if you play it at 40 bpm. Then you increase the speed and keep the rhythm.
Try to keep the rhythm with your foot as if you were playing the drum of a drum kit. Not being a strict clatter, the thing gains in naturalness and spontaneity as long as no big pulls are noticed.
When you have problems with certain measures and you are making a mess, leave the guitar aside and try to clap while humming your guitar part. This helps you to see if the chords or notes have a perfect duration in the bars and to realize the errors. You can also hit other objects as if it were a battery, the table, pens, use shakers, etc with keeping the rhythm.
Singing and playing at the same time is a task that costs at the beginning but in the end. It is achieved. Besides being very satisfying, the melody of the lyrics forces you to go on time through noses. You can also sing and keep the rhythm with your feet, for example.
At the end with practice and time, you will achieve internalize the rhythm. In such a way that sometimes you will help your foot to avoid losing yourself. Other times you will look more at the drums. But above all, you will feel the rhythm of the music unconsciously and you will flow from the natural way like Bruce Lee.
keep the rhythm, my friend.