I’ve been learning violin since 1.5 years and my teacher complains that I have a terrible rythm problem.
I have a bad tendency of speeding up the pace gradually as I play the piece and to play half beat less when I play minims and dotted minims.
I can stay in beat if I keep counting inside my head, but that often comes at the cost jeopardising the beauty of the piece.
I can get the rythm right after the ruining the piece 20 times, but the next day, the problem starts to haunt me again. I require a permanent fix to this problem.
What do I do?
Get a metronome and learn how to use it. Introducing an accelerando (speeding up) is very common but it can be cured with a good metronome that keeps you on the beat.
If you have a smart phone you can get a metronome app for it. You need to use it for everything. And for a long time. Then gradually your internal clock with establish itself. It's like intonation, it just takes some time to develop the ear to know what whole steps and half steps should sound like.
I have a lot of steps I have to do to fix tempo/rhythm problems with students.
Time is, "The most indispensable, hardest and principal thing in music.” W. Mozart
"All teachers are great in the beginning..."
Why do you speed up? Do you know why? Think about it.
Clap the rhythm whilst counting the beats aloud. If you are not playing in time, sort out the rhythm BEFORE picking up the violin.
I'd personally have you work through "String Builder" #1 and part of #2 (samuel applebaum), and having you verbally count 1, 2, 3, 4 through every single exercise.
People often clap "out of time". I would suspect counting could suffer the same effect and be out of time as well. When I was young, I was advised to get a metronome. I was insulted, but was shocked when I couldn't play with it. It gets easier when you learn to use it. If rhythm is an issue, then learning to play in time is a most important priority. As Duke Ellington said, "It Don't Mean a Thing if it ain't got that swing".
I have an app recommendation for you " Rhythm Sightreading Trainer". A few minutes a day works wonders in learning to keep a steady pulse and of sigh-treading rhythm. All done away from the instrument. It has worked wonders for my students.
The graduate version of rhythm training is Mozart, Handel, and Beethoven slow movements.
Yes, and the lyrics were an expression of a sentiment which prevailed among jazz musicians at the time.
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