Yes, you should only tap on the beat. However, I don’t raise my foot precisely on the +. In fact, just trying a few phantom strums, I realize I raise on the “a” right before the beat. To be honest, I don’t know if that is a bad habit or not.
Maybe @Richard_close2u or one of the other teachers or more experienced players could weigh in.
Hi Sami, welcome to the community!
I don’t have any guidance to add, but I also struggle with the natural tendency to tap my foot as you describe. I’ve been working on tapping only on the 1s, 2s, 3s, and 4s, usually at slow bpm. Interested to see additional responses to your question.
Only tap on the beat. Anything else is using excess energy unnecessarily. I wonder if you have developed this habit by thinking in terms of Down Up rather than thinking in terms of the count.
Go back to some basic rhythm and strumming patterns, count out loud the beats (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + etc. with omissions where you are missing the strings). Focus on the beats (where the numbers are. Train yourself out of too much thinking of direction.
I’m happy I found this lesson and I"m looking forward to trying tapping with my heel. I don’t get the muscle soreness per-say, but after a while, I get some numbness in my foot and leg with the toe tapping. Such a simple change that never occurred to me. I hope it helps with the numbness.