One of the biggest things I struggle with is counting whilst playing, particularly anything featuring syncopation.
I find there’s a huge gap between my ability to play by “feel” and to play by counting. For e.g. if I was learning a song by feel I could probably start at 50-75% speed and quickly work up to 100%, but with counting I have to start at about 10-25% and the progress is snail-paced which I don’t find as enjoyable and is pretty mentally fatiguing (I don’t have the best health so feel my mental resources are limited at the moment!).
BassBuzz has helped with the simpler and slower rhythms (and I’m pretty good at hearing the main beat listening to music), but anything faster or with multiple instances of syncopation or sub-counts and I just have to wing it.
Do people have any good tips or resources for improving counting and playing at the same time? I’ve heard such as tapping your foot with the beat or using a metronome but I just end up confused trying to mentally fit in the off-beats with the metronome or my foot just does its own thing. I’ve also tried clapping the rhythm but this just doesn’t translate easily across to playing for me and .
I’ve even looked into Kodaly and Takadimi methods but I think to me this seems more complicated personally as the useful mathematical/division aspect of counting gets lost and you have another “language” to remember on top of playing.