Chris, Just as there is a solmisation syllable (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, etc.) for notes of the scale, which are moveable into any key that you are working with, there are Rhythmic Reading syllables so that you can get the math correctly in measures of music. Quarter notes would be verbalized as “one, two, three, four” in a 4/4 measure. Eighth notes in such a measure would be
Rhythm is not math. It’s a feeling. You have to feel the pulse in your blood, in your bones. Counting out subdivisions helps with precision, but first, go dancing. Take ballroom, tap, flamenco, folk dance-especially Balkan. When you can dance to rhythms, you’ll be able to play them.