Ok guys - I got a small opportunity here ... My teacher has "suggested" that I need to start learning to keep time. When I practice with a metronome my timing is perfect, yet when I shut off the metronome I find that it's impossible for me to keep proper time. When I try and keep time I either tend to stop playing as I concentrate on timing, or I stop keeping the beat as I concentrate on playing. What I've been doing is trying to keep time with the metronome when I practice scales, but again as I concentrate on playing I'll forget to tap my toe. It's quite frustrating. When I do play without a metronome I try and play so that it sounds just like it would when I play with a metronome but sometimes this ends up with me cutting notes short. My teacher last time got so frustrated when I couldn't keep time that she took out the metronome so I could play properly. Any of you have any advice on how I can improve?