At the age of 9, I started singing in a choir and quickly discovered my passion for music. I had a great voice but I soon realised that I had no sense of rhythm.
When I heard a song I wasn't even able to tap the tempo with my foot or anything, it's something I just didn't feel. Then as a teenager after quite a bit of work on that, I was able to feel the tempo of a song.
Now I'm 19 and my rhythm became a lot better but my natural sense of rhythm is still very weak. I'll try to explain that with the best of my abilities:
When I sing a song where the instrumental has a very organised rhythm (for example Another one bites the dust by queen or Imagine by john Lennon) I am fine because there are keys or "signs" in the song that tell me when to start singing and which rhythm to adopt.
Same thing goes with playing any type of instrument
I can also play in rhythm if I improvise for I don't have a problem with tempo
Now my problem i when the instrumental is more "abstract", I can still feel the tempo but there is no signs of when to start singing or playing.
I am fine if I have a music chart because I simply have to count
Now my problem is that I don't want to have to count or study the song everytime I wanna play or sing. I've seen many people with no musical education who can sing songs with very complex rhythm without any problem.
Does any one know how I can improve that ability because unlike moste it's not innate to me.