Here are your practice assignments for this week:
Recommended minutes to practice: 45 minutes per day
What to practice: Base Drum Exercise. Rudiment #2, 4, and 6. Please try #3 if you have time.
How to practice: For the rudiments #2, say “pa-ka-la-ta—” or “tri-pa-la-ta—” etc. For the rudiments #3, say “pa-ka-la-pa-ka-la-ta——” or “tri-pa-la-tri-pa-la-ta——” etc. Speaking the rhythm before you start playing helps you to understand the rhythm and internalise it. For the rudiment #4, try bouncing the stick as long as you can without controlling it. For the rudiment #6, practice RRLLRRLL… with quoter notes, 8th notes, and 16th notes. For “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”, focus on the beats that are circled. You can play at your comfortable tempo at first and try rising the tempo slightly. In addition, play the beats at the very slow tempo to make sure that the notes you play with a hand and a foot together actually hit the drums at the same time.
Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day
What to practice: Rudiment #1, 4, 6.
How to practice: Count “1 2 3 4, 1+2+3+4+, 1e+a 2e+a 3e+a 4e+a” for rudiment #1. Try to make bounces as many as possible by one stroke for #4. For #6, use #1 rhythm pattern and practice double stroke. e.g) R R L L, R R L L R R L L, RRLLRRLLRRLLRRLL.
Recommended minutes to practice: 30 minutes per day
What to practice: Paradiddle #2, 3, 4 and 6.
How to practice: Use the bouncing technique instead of the down stroke. I suggest to practice with different dynamics, f, mf, mp, p, crescendo and decrescendo for #2 and 3. For #4, make bounces as many as possible by one stroke. For #6, use #1 rhythm pattern and practice double stroke. e.g) R R L L, R R L L R R L L, RRLLRRLLRRLLRRLL. When the double stroke gets fast, I suggest you to think about playing two notes by one stroke. Hand down = 1 note, hand up = 1 note.
Have a great week!