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Ella

  1. Practice the hit-tap technique. Here is a video explaining it. I made it for another student who is learning to play fast, which the technique is also good for, but you’re learning it so that you get that LOUD-soft hi-hat sound.
  2. Play along to the song! Have fun! If you don’t have a copy of the recording, here is the YouTube version.
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Eric

  1. Print this sheet to work on. Practise the exercises with a metronome. Start with the metronome at 50 bpm (beats per minute). Once you feel comfortable with that tempo, raise it to 60 bpm. Then 70. Then 80. You can go faster if you’d like, but 80 is fine for now. The clicks of the metronome represent quarter notes, so they should occur at the same time as your bass drum and hi-hat notes. Use a “layered entry”: start by just playing the foot pattern along to the metronome, then start counting 16th notes, and finally come in with your hands (you can stop counting if you’d like).
  2. Practise the beat from Immigrant Song along to a metronome at 50 bpm. Then increase the tempo to 60. Then to 70. You can go faster if you’d like, but 70 is fine for now. Use a layered entry: start by just playing the hi-hat part, then add the snare drum, and finally come in with the bass drum.
  3. Free play: Have fun! Play whatever you want!

Sylvie

  1. “Getting those limbs independent” worksheet
    • Polish up number 1 and practise number 2. We’ll leave numbers 3 and 4 for another time.
    • Remember to do a “layered entry”: start by just listening to the metronome, then count 16th notes out loud, and finally come in with the pattern (you can stop counting if you’d like).
  2. Drum fills
    • Polish up the first fill and practise the second one, too. We’ll leave the others for later. Use a metronome at 40 bpm.
    • Do a layered entry: start with the bass drum playing quarter notes, then count 16th notes, and finally come in with the fill.
  3. Free play: Have fun! Play whatever you want!
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