This thread (Loose drummer) brings up an interesting point. Everyone swears up and down that time is the most important performance element for a drummer to master (and it is!), but very few people, even music educators, have any idea how to deal with, teach, or fix the problem of bad time outside of sitting down with a metronome. Sometimes a metronome alone can help, but many times it doesn't fix the problem. I think that another important element of helping drummers to make their time better is to dance! (or at least do full-body movement in time) Almost all good timekeepers are also good dancers, not necessarily in a stylistic sense, but in that they can comfortably repeat a pattern of movement with their entire body for a long duration (which is, of course, what drumming is!). I've also noticed in interviews with more groove-oriented drummers that dancing or whole body movement comes up alot. I put dancing into my practice routine, and I'll tell you, it works wonders! What I do is find a track that I'm practicing, and if it's already recorded (with good time!) I'll just think of some movement pattern that involves all of my limbs for every part of the song. One pattern for the verse, chorus, bridge, etc. It doesn't matter how stupid it is because I do this in a locked room with the blinds down tight!! (For me, this is very important Then playback the recording and do your thing! I find that I'm much more authoritative with tempos when I include the dancing with the practice. I don't need to rely on the bass player quite so much (or at all). Anyways, dancing. That's my miracle cure. Anyone else have anything they like to do for improving their time?