I've always thought my time was pretty good, but then I've almost always played with drummer. Plus, I've always tried to create a fairly thick, greasy groove, so as a result I've tended to play a bit behind the beat as a result. Now, however, I've gotten into a primarily acoustic group where I'm playing URB, and we often don't have a drummer. We're also doing some bluegrass-type stuff. So now I find two things: my internal clock isn't great, especially on faster songs; after a verse or two, things often slow down noticeably. Worse, I should be playing right on top of the beat, but I find I'm still laying back behind the beat. It's just the way I think and play, and the way I've done it for years (in fact, it makes me fairly popular!), but in this setting it's just WRONG. So what are your suggestions for helping increase stability in my time? More importantly, how do I get out of the drag-time thing? It would be nice to be able to play ahead of, on top, or behind the beat as I choose, but I'm not even sure I know how to even FEEL it, much less play it.