David will be teaching lessons again this Tuesday, but I’ll be back the week after. Miss you!
Practice time: 45 min/day
Basic Beats 5 – 7 (Play along to All Time Low by Jon Bellion)
- This will help you with Seven Nation Army.
- The blue text is what you should count as you play.
- Play the bass drum on every quarter note, even though it’s not written on the page.
- Pattern 1: These are called 8th-note triplets. Alternate your sticking (R-L-R-L, etc.).
- Pattern 2: Right hand only, but tap the rests on your thigh with your left hand.
- Pattern 3: Sounds the same as Pattern 2, but written as quarter-note triplets (two 8th notes = 1 quarter note, so two 8th-note triplets = 1 quarter note triplet).
- Pattern 4: Right hand only.
- Pattern 5: The green letters below the notes indicate the sticking.
Practice time: 20 min/day
The following exercises should be played along to:
Count “1, 2” out loud. You should be counting at the same speed that they sing “Sponge-bob-square-pants!” (count “1” on “sponge” and “square,” and “2” on “bob” and “pants”. Be sure not to only count during that section of the song; you should be counting throughout.
- Play the hi-hats with your left hand each time you say a number.
- Then, only play the hi-hats and bass drum as you say “1”.
- Then, only play the hi-hats and snare drum as you say “2”.
- Then, play the hi-hats and bass drum on “1,” AND the hi-hats and snare drum on “2”.
Practice time: 30 min/day
While playing along to Hotel California, practice:
- Basic Beats 5-7
- 3 bars of the main beat, followed by a fill of your choosing in the 4th bar. Repeat without stopping. Try different fills.
- With your right hand on the hi-hat, play 4 bars of 16th notes (1 e + a, 2 e + a, 3 e + a, 4 e + a) followed by 4 bars of quarter notes. Repeat.
Practice: 20 min/day
- Practice the single-stroke roll with a metronome. Each time you hear a click, you should hit the drum. If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one.
- The number tells you how fast the clicks are. I want you to start at 90 and once you feel comfortable playing the roll at that speed, go to 95. Keep going up by 5 until you can’t play any faster.
“1, 2” beat
- Count “1, 2” out loud.
- Play the hi-hat with your right hand each time you say a number.
- When you’re comfortable with only playing the hi-hat, add in the bass drum as you say “1”.
- When you feel comfortable playing the hi-hat and bass drum, also add in the snare drum as you say “2”.