I was talking with a friend the other day about worship music. He was helping me with learning how to play drums better. He mentioned that I needed to do a few things:
1. Get to know the music well enough to "play" it in my head - internalize it. I've done this with guitar, but not drums yet. I started working on it since last week and have already started to be able to do it with a song.
2. Listen to the intro, it will reveal the beat of the song. I've got to work on this a bit more.
3. There are basic foundational beats. They come from either straight rock or a syncopated beat. I need to learn them better to stay on tempo.
I'm still working on it!