Internalizing The Rhythm Of Odd Divisions: Triplets And Quintuplets On Guitar

Tommaso Zillio

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What are the top 3 skills that make a difference between an advanced and a beginner player? Take a moment to make your own list.

Done? Great!

Now check that in your list you included "timing". Timing is the ability to keep time and play different kinds of rhythm divisions accurately and expressively, and it's probably the number one skill that makes the difference between great players and everybody else.

If you did include timing in your list: great! I'm glad you realize its importance.

If you did not include timing in your list: even better! You have probably neglected practicing your timing until now, but with just a little practice you will get much better at it, and the difference will show really really soon.

The tricky thing about timing is that it's not enough to intellectually understand it - there is in fact very little to understand! - instead you have to internalize it so that when it's time to play you do not need to think about it.

The key to internalizing timing and making it second nature is to practice a few, simple, selected exercises. Here's what you should do to improve your timing:

Do this for just few minutes a day, and you will see the difference immediately!


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