Recommended Time to Practice: 20-30mins a day
What to practice: This week Will keep focusing on Beggin’, try out this awareness exercise we covered: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XI2aHSBTnU&ab_channel=HudsonMusic, and work on the 16th note beats Jonny gave to you.
How to practice effectively: Beggin’ is in a great spot, I can tell you’re comfortable and that you know the song. Whats going to take it to that next level is getting it as close to memorized as possible and really internalizing the groove. Try to relax during the fills and aim the phrase towards the downbeat instead of getting caught up in the notes. Also try some of the Benny Greb improv/awareness exercises this week and show them to Jonny next week!
Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day a day
What to practice: Practice playing through the first half of “Oh Darlin’” by the Beatles and the shuffle beats with fills: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing
How to practice it most effectively: Remember that the most important part of the shuffle beat is the rhythm that is played on the cymbal: “1 a 2 a 3 a 4 a 1…”. This rhythm is the same for both the regular shuffle beat and the half time shuffle. Practice playing both beats with each of the four fills at the bottom of the page. You also work on coming up with some of your own fills that fit with the rhythm of the shuffle and practice playing them around the drums.
Recommended amount of practice time:10-15 mins a day
What to practice: This week work on the new parts of Welcome to The Jungle (the transcription will be updated soon)
How to practice effectively: You’ve got a great ear Nate, and I can tell that you can pick up most of the beats from the song on your own, so use the transcription only as a reference if you need to. This week I would focus on the bridge after the second chorus, thats where the beat changes up a little bit and its good to be prepared for the transition. After that keep chugging your way through the rest of the song and try to memorize the different sections and be ready for what comes next.
Recommended amount of practice time: 15-30 mins a day
What to practice: This week Noah try to get through the first 3 or 4 of the comping rhythms on the snare drum while playing the groove with the other limbs https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing
How to practice effectively: You’ve got a pretty good hang of this Noah, its hard but you’ve got it! To get back into it I would start by doing the comping rhythm with the left hand on the snare drum and the right hand playing quarter notes on the ride cymbal. Then once that feels good add the bass drum on 1 and 3. Then when that feels good add the hi-hat pedal on 2 and 4. Doing all four limbs together is tough so don’t be afraid to break it down further still. Try just the first two beats of the rhythm. Then try the last two beats. Then once you can do all four limbs well, try doing two measures without the comping rhythm and two measures with it, that will help work the transition. These are hard so go for quality rather than quantity.
Recommended amount of practice time: 15-30mins a day
What to practice: Second page of Oh Darlin’ by the Beatles: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing
How to practice effectively: For this song Koel I think the biggest thing is getting the feel right. Use your ears for this tune more than your eyes reading the page. Your ears will tell you the right amount to swing the 16th notes in the fills and help you internalize the beat better. Go slowly through the fills on the second page and get the notes and drums accurate, then listen to the record and try to make it sound the way Ringo does, then try playing along with the song. If you follow all those steps this song will come together (pun intended) very quickly.
Recommended amount of practice time: 30mins
What to practice: Fool in the Rain beat: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGeo9VGh3JOWzwpGhEe1DbXMRuQiG7lL?usp=sharing
How to practice effectively: This is a tricky beat Sylvie but you were nailing it today! I really like the way Jonny has laid out the four steps to building this beat up but here is my recommendation like I mentioned in the lesson: After you play Step 1, add in the in-between ghost notes. Call it Step 1.5. Then for Step Two add in the bass drum note to the beat you have going with the ghost-notes. And then for Step 3 add in the hi-hat splash. And then by that point you’re already playing Step 4! This kind of a groove takes a long time to develop though so I would play the groove at least one or two minutes straight at each step. If you do this everyday you’ll be groovin through this song at tempo in no time. Once you get comfortable with the groove at a slow tempo the next step is getting it quicker and feeling free enough to attempt some fills. It’ll take some work but its worth it for this legendary groove!