•Figure out where the beats are in the measure
This is important! Are there supposed to be 3 or 4 beats in the measure? What notes occur on the beat?
•Write in the counting
Just like we do in lessons if we have difficulty playing something. Write in 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + to see where you move during the beats.
•Clap through the rhythm and speak the subdivision of the beat
Always count the subdivision verbally. It will help you clap the rhythm more correctly. Especially when you start performing dotted quarter notes, syncopation, dotted sixteenth notes, and so on. Get in the habit now!
•Use a metronome
Practice with a metronome to make sure you are moving with the beat. The metronome doesn’t lie. Simply tapping your foot or counting in your head, although helpful, isn’t always accurate.
•Play the rhythm on an open string
Sometimes doing so many things at once can throw us off. Simplify the music for yourself while you practice. Take away the difficulty of the left hand fingers and just practice the rhythm by plucking an open string and then playing it with the bow.
•Listen to a recording (your book comes with a CD!)
Don’t say you couldn’t practice it because you didn’t know what it was supposed to sound like. Use the CD that came with your lesson book! Be resourceful! You can even find many recordings and videos on YouTube to help you.