this is my first time posting here.
So I have been learning to play piano for around 7-8 months and while I am able to pick up new pieces quickly and pretty good at sightreading, I don't seem to have a good inner tempo/pulse.
If a piece has all of the same note durations, then that is fine and I can play that well. However, I seem to stuggle, for example, not being able to get a quaver exactly half of a crotchet in a piece (one will be played too fast or too slow) or crotchet/minim etc - essentially whilst I know how long a note should be played compared to another, I can't seem to do it in practice.
If I play with a metronome, then everything goes well, however I don't get to use the metronome when playing with my teacher and in future, exams (thus why my "inner" tempo is bad). In addition, when I count out loud, then the tempo also seems good, however for fast and varying pieces I can not do this (or can't think of a counting method for fast pieces).
If you wish to know any more information about tempo issues that seem to keep cropping up (i.e when I have two of the same notes one after another, I tend to take longer going between them while perceiving it as normal), then let me know.
I am desperate to try get a better tempo, I do enjoy playing but I feel like this is really holding me back and bringing me down quite a bit.