"It's all about time" Terry Clarke
Job number 1. Keeping time. Full stop. So, are people born with good time or is it trainable?
Of course a student can learn to play with good time. Ask any teacher or older musician and they will tell you, kids today are more skilled and more numerous and back in the day. Why is that? Many reasons, but one is the abundance and access to expert instruction. Live and on YouTube. So, take heart.
Musical time is about muscle memory, ear training, and hand skills. Try this real simple exercise with the various metronome techniques. Over time it will help your time, feel, and hand technique while warming up your hands to practice.
(It looks simple until the metronome moves. )
Now the techniques:
1. Even strokes between the hands, no loud or faint notes. Every note the same volume.
2. No rushing when the time value doubles in tempo between the quarter and eighth notes.
3. Relaxed grip.
4. Good rebound.
Challenge levels, metronome games.
Call me, I can help.
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher