Usually, I would just start playing along with the metronome and hope for the best. However, Steve Anderson has taught me a little trick called ‘resetting’ – stop playing for a second and count out loud for a few beats. For instance, “One-e-and-a Two-e-and-a Three-e-and-a Four-e-and-a” for practicing sixteenths notes.
I never would have thought of doing this, but it is marvelous for getting the fingers in sync with the beat. Often, I have found that when I ‘reset’ my triplets or sixteenth notes, their tempo is much different than I imagined!
A simple and very effective tool.