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JoeHempel
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Just wondering if anyone else uses little things to help them keep time when playing.

I know when I'm playing, if I'm playing a chord progression and am on one chord for say 4-8 measures, after each measure I lift my fretting hand just slightly and that seems to keep my mind in check.

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Chris C
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Hi,

I'm quite a slow player, so I usually keep time with a sundial.... :|

Actually, I rely on the old footronome. The steady tap of the foot and the associated creaking of the joints seems to do it for me.

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Duuuuh! My Rolex??? :lol:

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I mostly keep time with my right (strumming) hand. It bobs around to the beat even when it isn't playing anything.

I can't tap my foot to the beat to save my life, for some reason.


   
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It's all about the butt, and the shaking thereof.

I do actually move a fair bit when playing a tune I know or improving. On tracks I'm reading charts for, it tends to be reduced to a foot tap. Either way, I'm always listening to the bass and drums, so as long as they're tight, I feel comfortable.

As for keeping time in general, as I noted to a fellow GNer earlier/yesterday, clocks are 1.0, metronomes are 2.0. Enough said. I'll see you at measure 34.

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I have an internal metronome. I never had trouble keeping time. perhaps it was because from day one one guitar my best mate was a drummer. everyday we hung out and everyday he banged the drums and I strummed.
when i sit around the house a play my foot keeps a beat. I raise dust or something. because just when I am getting into it I get sneeze fits.
now I have scrybe's butt shaking image in my head. what a great forum guitarnoise. :)

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I have done a bit of drumming too, and tho I've not banged the skins for some time (years and years) would probably make a pretty good drummer as I lock into a groove and keep it there, but can develop things when needed, too. But I wanna learn bass, as I think the same attributes would serve me well on that also.

Okay, a combination of this thread, jamming with Dan, and reading TR's bass mod thread has persuaded me that I must must must save for a cheap bass to learn on.

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Vic Lewis VL
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Hmmm, tricky one - how do I keep time?

Short answer - I really don't know, I just do. It's not something I've ever thought about - if I'm playing along with a CD, I just play what feels right and seems to fit. It just seems to be natural for me - perhaps that's why I play mostly rhythm guitar.

I've never used anything like a metronome, although when I'm recording, I'll sometimes record a drum track first - but that's probably only because it's easier than adding one afterwards! I suppose if I did the rhythm guitar first, then added a pre-recorded drum track, I'd probably be slightly out - but if I'm just strumming away, it doesn't seem to matter much.

Having said that, I noticed when jamming with Dan Laura Scrybe and Jacqui how incredibly easy it seemed to keep time when the bassman's right on the beat!

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yeah. I want a bass too. can't settle for a cheap one. I hate the feel of rough frets and a guitar with no soul.
the Firebird basses look awesome, but I want a real Fender bass or one of those more than 500 dollar ones.
Squire basses I have tried. I hate how they feel.

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The metronome is a good friend. And the rhythm boxes. I never had problems with the timing and rhythms but I try to practice.


   
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Ana one, ana two, ana tree! :D :D


   
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so I usually keep time with a sundial.... :|

Oh that's hilarious :shock:
Duuuuh! My Rolex??? :lol:

Ha....ha....ha.... :wink:
It's all about the butt, and the shaking thereof.
That's what I'm talkin' about! :D

As soon as I posted this topic I should have expected this kind of response! LOL, that's what I get!

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Scrybe
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Well, your hands are on the guitar, your feet are (possibly) on pedals, what else ya got?

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daven
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The obvious musical answer is. IN A BOTTLE :lol:


   
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JoeHempel
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Well, your hands are on the guitar, your feet are (possibly) on pedals, what else ya got?

Well.....let's see.....um.....coming from the whitest guy in America and one with the least rhythm....well...maybe your head? I vote for the rump to keep time though.
The obvious musical answer is. IN A BOTTLE :lol:
Wow, I didn't see that one coming, that was pretty funny. :lol:

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