Originally Posted by ToadWarrior
What can I do to improve my fingerstyle timing?
Start slow. USE A METRONOME!!40 to 70 bpm. Practice alternating fingers on the E string. Once you get comfortable, "walk" in-time to the A string, then D, then G. Try to do two measures of 4/4 on each string this way, then "walk" back down each string back to E.
Once this entire exercise is comfortable, speed up your metronome by 2-3 bpm. Play the exercise again a few times, then increase the speed by 2 or 3 bpm. Continue in this fashion. If you cannot complete the exercise at a certain tempo, slow the metronome down a few clicks.
spoiler alert/life lesson: **It is more important to do it correctly than it is to do it quickly**
By increasing your tempo in this manner, you won't even notice the increase. Before you know it, you'll be lightning fast (and dead-on rhythmically)..
If you decide to do different rhythm signatures (3/4, etc.), I suggest starting slow again, increasing tempo accordingly.