I have never been good with music. I have had a lot of experience with it though. I have tried my hands at piano, violin, viola, guitar, and a lot of voice lessons. (I slowly move down the key until I finally hit the bass recently) The one thing that I could never do is keeping the beat. But that's supposed to be one of the most important thing for a bassist, right? I have tried starting off slow, then speed up to the normal speed for a song. I've tried practicing some interesting beat patterns. I try counting, tapping my feet, even trying to internalize the beat by incorporating it into everything I do (if you see some guy mopping the floor in a weird pattern, that's probably just me). But like I said, I just can't seem to keep my timing straigh. I always lose the beat and end up going too fast, or too slow, or totally lost at times. Is there any good ways to practice keeping the beat? What are some common beats that I should know?