How to Keep to Time Playing Piano and Other Music Instruments

The problematic part with not giving time in music is that you sow bad habits, which ultimately end in music with no rhythm, spreading all around the place. Whenever you play with your teacher, friends, and family or to a CD/tape, the only problematic factor is that you lay faster than the beats in the music, i.e. you run ahead. And this running ahead doesn’t really bring out a great melody to enjoy. These are great assets which can be bonded together into your knowledge to help you play music in the right speed.

The important points when playing any instrument are Time, speed and rhythm. These are all significant as what would seem like a bunch of notes to the listener, now turns out to be a pleasant and identifiable tune. Time speed and rhythm act as the basis of any tune.

There are certain ways which can help you get a sense of time and rhythm while playing a piece of music. All you need to do is to have/develop good hearing and a basic knowledge for beats and pulse. The simplest of all ways to advance your rhythm is with simple clapping exercises.

Firstly, get someone, maybe one of your friend, family member or music teacher/tutor to clap in any tune they feel like. Your task is merely to copy the clapping. The more precise you are, the more you’ll be able to understand and comprehend the rhythms you hear. You must take care that they make their clapping increasingly more innovative so you know at what stage you can still copy what you hear.

Start learning slowly, take every step with patience when you are leaning to play in time so you can apprehend the concept of falling on the beat.

You may also record yourself. You need to hear and analyse when you’re going out of time with the music you are playing to. It could be a basic guitar riff or baseline or some simple chords played with your left hand. If you take lessons, then ask your teacher to record you while you play the music together. Ask your teacher to not interfere you in the middle to inform you about getting out time. You can take note of that once you are done with the entire rhythm.

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