Hi everyone,

With the transition to ZOOM video lessons, I am no longer able to write down notes and musical material in the students’ books/binders. Instead, I have created PDF documents for each of you and dropped them into a Google Drive folder. The link to your documents is listed in the What to practice heading under your name below. You should be able to access the documents simply by clicking on the link. Here are your practice assignments for this week:


Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing the verse and chorus to “Back in Black” by ACDC: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Take these two parts of the song that we have learned so far and practice playing them together. This means going straight from the verse into the chorus and then from the chorus straight back to the verse. It is important to be able to do this without stopping or slowing down during the transitions. Practice playing the last bar of the verse and then the first bar of the chorus. Do this several times in a row. Then try playing the last bar of the chorus and the first bar of the verse several times in a row. 


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice page 3 of “Smoke on the Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Count the rhythms in each of the drum fills very carefully. Be sure to identify which notes are eighth notes and which are sixteenth notes. This is critical to playing the rhythms correctly. In the guitar solo section, focus on keeping the non-accented notes on the snare drum soft by only lifting the sticks about an inch or two above the drum. This way, when you play the accented (loud) notes, they will really stick out.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing along with “Blue Train” by John Coltrane, “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, and “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Link to Blue Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT_Zs5FKDZE  Link to Cantaloupe Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B1oIXGX0Io Link to Take Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs