Branching off-topic from loudboy's thread, I'm interested in hearing about how easy or difficult people feel it is to learn to play to a click. Not the pros or cons about having a click at all which has already been beaten to death (in no small part by yours truly) but people's personal experience with learning (or not) how to play to one. Me, I was not blessed with an inate "inner groove," and my natural inclination was to play ahead of the beat and speed up. It took me years of regular practice before I felt I could play well with a click, and years more before I felt really and truly cool with it. Some friends of mine who were studying at the same time grasped it sooner, some later or not at all, but we all had to work at it. Most musicians I've talked with about this say it took them a long time to get really good. The flip side: a couple of months ago there was a guy in his twenties who wanted me to produce a few of his songs in a very specific style and had enough funding to do it right. He was on fire and totally focused; he knew exactly what he was going for. During the planning I suggested that for best results we work with a click, if he could. He readily agreed and assured me that though he never had played to a click before, he would practice hard and learn by the time we started. We were three weeks away. So he practiced, and when the big day came he was true to his word. It took him a take or two to get up and running, but he was determined to nail it and he did. By the third song he was completely at ease with the click. I've never known anyone to learn that particular skill so quickly, you could have knocked me over with a feather. Proof again of the power of determination, and that one man's Everest might be another man's stroll in the park.