Good day, wise musical people, I am a late starter to music but one of the things I am struggling with is keeping proper time in my music. I can sing along to songs on the radio and generally keep time with them but I'd really like some exercises I could do to really get this. I play a wind instrument so it's like - jeez, I have to remember the fingering and breathe and keep time ..WTF! So how can I break it down so that I can have a 5 minute exercise I can include in my practice or even when I am driving to improve this? Thank you :-)
Singing along to a song is fine but it doesn't focus on the timing. Its better to beat out the pulse - not the rhythm, but the pulse or beat - of the piece whilst you listen to it. You can do this by clapping, tapping your feet or whatever but do it and keep it strict. Most popular music keeps to a very even tempo so this is usually straightforward. Very soon and you will get used to feeling the pulse of a piece and staying in time will become easier.
It certainly worked for me as a child.
But don't do it, especially the feet, whilst driving.