I have been struggling to improve my rhythm recently in one of my pieces recently. I have gone out and bought a proper metronome, but I was wondering if it was more beneficial to practise with it set as a triplet (its in 9/8) so I get a beat for every note, or to practise in 3 so I have to subdivide.
What are your thoughts?
More important to learn to subdivide IMO. This is where orchestra playing helps -- often it is more rhythmically demanding. Also sight-reading baroque and early classical concerto slow movements.
You will have to learn to subdivide, but for starters I think it could help to set it for eighth notes BUT count them in your head as "one-e-and; two-e-and, three-e-and" while the metronome ticks along and you try to play with it. Then switch the metronome to counting 3 beats per measure.
Paul why specifically those?
Andrew funnily enough i find my rhythm improves when I play with other people. I do so at leadt twice a year with friends. Igs only because I can rely on their rhythm. I'm trying to work on having my own pulse for what I play either solo or with others
Jake, that's fine - if their rhythm is OK. I play with other people at least 6 times a month, down from 8 or more a few yeah others ago. Most amateur players slow down when the going gets tough and speed up when things are smooth.
Well we only do it for fun and they're both better than I am haha
There is an app for this, and it's called Complete Rhythym Trainer.
Cotton thanks a lot! I'd never heard of that