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I am practicing Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions for a long time, but I mess up on the timing in one or the other place. In that song, the snare comes at 3rd beat (or 7th if you count 8). And the chorus rhythm is not on the beat. What is the best way to practice such songs? How to keep count and not mess up on the guitar rhythm when listening to drums? (PS I don't have timing problems on 4/4 rhytms where the rhythm falls on beat, it only happens with off beat songs like even Highway to Hell when I play along with other friends)

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    Counting and practice, they really are key. Even count out loud when practicing so you know you'll hit on the 3rd beat. – Doktor Mayhem Sep 16 '17 at 6:02
  • @DrMayhem count on 1st or the 3rd beat? – gopi1410 Sep 16 '17 at 6:09
  • Or do I count 1 to 4 each bar? – gopi1410 Sep 16 '17 at 6:15
  • Also the strum comes in between beats too twice, in the & between 3rd and 4th beat. I get confused there – gopi1410 Sep 16 '17 at 6:20
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    I'm a bass player - can't give you enough technical detail to post answer, but in my role I'm continually faced with such problems. For example, take a listen to the opening of BB King's The Thrill is Gone - how and when the bass comes in... At any rate, the best way for me is to listen to the part that I need to play and figure out how that guy is counting in his head relative to the drummer - count off that part within its own context The part your interested in will have it's own time relative to the drums. That means the drummer's 3 might be your 1 etc. – Stinkfoot Sep 16 '17 at 11:03
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I tell you a few ways how i, as a drummer, would appraoch this.

a.) You can practice the ryhtmn you play to a metronome. The best way is to slow it down and start at a really slow tempo where it is easy for you to process (really slow :D i can't stress this point). Playing it up to tempo will get easier once it is internalized

b.) If you do not like the metronome approach, tap quarter notes with your foot and practice your rhytmn too it, this will tighten up your internal clock

c.) You could also use an online drummachine, get the beat played there in it (seems to be quite simple) and practice to that, also start slow

d.) Sing the song, and play your rhythmic pattern in the air. I usually do this to get jazz tunes down. I sing the main pattern, and snip 2 and 4 with my fingers, a similar appraoch could work for you. I usually do this on my commute.

e.) make basic rhytmic practice, take a metronome and try playing on the beats, off the beats, just basic patterns, this will strengthen your time and help you develop the skills for the song :)

I hope that one or more approaches appeal to you.

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