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6 ways to improve your rhythm and timing

Apple, in Music lessons
Mar 10, 2022 | 2 min read

Rhythm is what differentiates music from all other noise. Perfect timing and rhythm are the hallmarks of any great musician. Working to improve your rhythm and timing needs persistent practice and a robust game plan.

Here are some ways that’ll help you develop your timing and rhythm regardless of your chosen music genre.

1. Practice on multiple instruments

The common denominators of music across all instruments are, you guessed it! The beat and the timing.

To really get the hang of the rhythm and tune your timing perfectly, try playing on an instrument different from your usual. The change will help break wrong timing habits that might be subconsciously embedded. Join a group where you can swap instruments and teach each other how to play.

2. Own your groove sessions!

Music is an art, not science which means you get lots of creative freedom. One of the finest ways to progress at anything is by being creative and making it your own. 

Mastering the basics of rhythm and timing enables you to give your own unique spin to your melodies. Grooving like no one is listening sometimes gives you the confidence to conquer your most challenging notes. Commit to learning more about perfecting your rhythm so you can start bending the rules a bit!

3. Use devices that help improve your rhythm and timing

Using a metronome can seriously help enhance your internal sense of rhythm, which seems to come to experienced musicians naturally. It’ll also help you speed up or slow down your tune.

Using a wearable vibrating metronome makes it easier to practice on the go and feels more natural.

4. Focus on your trouble spots

Sometimes, it’s not the entire song that you struggle with; it’s one or two sour spots that seem to trip you up repeatedly! Commit to mastering these trickier parts instead of playing the whole song on repeat.

Try visualizing yourself playing the challenging parts flawlessly. Remember, consistency and practice are key!

5. Wing it!

Don’t let your lack of rhythm and imperfect timing stop you from doing what you love. The more you practice, the better attuned you’ll get with timing. Don’t let any chance get away! Invest in smart gadgets such as Core Steel that’ll give you the freedom to practice pretty much anywhere you want. 

Improvising at times is a great way to push your musical limitations and have a great time as well. Get yourself the Metronome App by Soundbrenner that’ll help you plan jam sessions, send practice reminders.. 

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6. Practice with consistency

I know…that probably sounds like a broken record by now – pun intended. But it’s the single best way to master your rhythm and timing. 

Develop a workable practice plan, such as allocating 15 minutes every day to practicing your tempo. Then practice till flawless rhythm becomes muscle memory. Building these motor skills till rhythm feels like second nature, requires a consistent investment of time. Check out this post to learn more about increasing practice efficiency

Time to work on that rhythm!

Smart technology can help you improve your timing and be better attuned to rhythms. Something like a vibrating metronome makes your practice more fruitful so you can get the most out of your jam sessions while guiding you around your trouble spots. 

Check out this blog post to learn more about which product would be best for you. Commit to improving your rhythm and timing by investing in these smart tools that motivate you.   

Soundbrenner is a company dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best possible practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

Got a question about Soundbrenner wearables? Reach out to us at [email protected], we’re happy to help!

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