Don’t aim at the beats: you get lucky sometimes, but it’s shooting from the hip.
Be humble: it’s cool to play fast, but if you can’t play with rock solid time at sixty bpm you’re never going to really get it at up tempos. Feel the beat before you play. Sing and clap tap the rhythm. Play the music. Take your time and don’t speed up the tempo until you’re nailing it. It can be frustrating and mistakes happen, so Break it up into shorter intervals of time spaced throughout your routine.
Play the metronome at a comfortable speed. Pat your foot every beat (1-2-3-4) as accurately as you can for at least 5 minuets without playing instrument. Then do the same thing patting foot on beats 1 & 3 for at least 5 minuets. Then beats 2 & 4 for at least 5 minuets. That way you will eventually relax with the tempo and lock into your internal metronome. Then you should be good at playing with your patting foot with or without music playing. 5 minuets, because that's a good length like a complete song.
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