If you are working on your timing,  then you should be working on your listening. It is a valuable to skill to be able to play with even and consistent timing, but that is only one of the things we are called to do when sharing rhythm with another person or a group of people.

Your “perfect timing” is worth nothing if you aren’t aware of the fact that everyone perceives musical time and rhythm differently. There are as many time-feels as there are people and your timing will sound best when you are able to share a common understanding of time with someone else.

So listen deeply to the record you play along with, the metronome you practice with, and the musicians you jam with. It may requires some compromise to find a groove that suits everyone but it will be worth the extra attention.

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