Developing a Steady Tempo
Tempo is the speed at which a song is played, and itâ€™s important to keep it steady throughout a song. This is often referred to as â€śkeeping time.â€ť Some people think of timekeeping as the drummerâ€™s job, but in fact, itâ€™s the role of every musician.
Here are some ways to help you develop the ability to keep steady time:
Clap: Put aside your guitar and count the beats out loud while clapping the rhythm. This shifts your focus away from the pitches and toward the rhythm. It also gives you a chance to feel it in your body.
Look ahead: Use a rest or a held note (like a half note or a whole note) to your advantage as a chance to read ahead in the music. Reading music can be a bit like riding a bikeâ€”you donâ€™t look at where your tire is hitting the ground; you look out ahead of you to see whatâ€™s coming and prepare.
Excerpted from The Beginner's Guide to Guitar