Learning to Teach Rhythm
I have a student that really wants to get a steady rhythm in his playing, but is having the worst time of it. I’ve tried everything I could think of, but I’m at a loss as to what to do to help him.
His rhythm is fine when he’s playing with other people, but on his own he’s all over the place. He can’t follow a metronome at all, even if I start out playing with him (and it) and drop out. He can record himself and listen back and hear that he’s off, but he has no sense of it while he’s playing. He can’t tap his foot to a recording, but he can tell me which notes are on the beat if he thinks about it. I’ve tried to get him dancing, but then he so worried about messing up the dance that he follows others out of the corner of his eye and his feet have nothing to do with the rhythm in the music. He knows what and where the beat should be conceptually, but just can’t seem to internalize it. He’s really a very good player in all other respects. It’s a shame he can’t play his best on his own.
I went through and did a search on this site for suggestions and tried everything I’ve found so far. I’m feeling like a failure as teacher because I haven’t found a solution.
If any of you out there have had similar difficulties with rhythm I would really like to hear from you. Please let me know what helped you learn to keep a good rhythm.
Any other suggestions would be most welcome as well.