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 page 2 of Back In Black, the end of the solo section: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The beginning of the solo section (on page 1), which we learned last week, should be played 3 times in a row before moving to the end of the solo section. The end of this section (on page 2) contains the “turn around” where you play three hits in a row on the cymbal, then a hit on the snare drum, and then three more hits on the cymbal before returning to the main beat. Look at the notation carefully and do your best to play through the end of this section. We will work on it some more next week.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first two lines of page 4 of “Smoke on the Water” and then see if you can put it together with the last three lines of page 3: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The top line of page four has quarter notes on the ride cymbal. It is important that these quarter notes remain steady. Be careful not to double up on the ride cymbal whenever you have eighth notes on the bass drum. Also, remember that the last snare note of this line leads directly into the crash cymbal at the beginning of the next line. Once you are comfortable playing these two lines together, then try to play straight from the beginning of the guitar solo section (on page 3) to the end of the second line on page 4.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing along with “Blue Train” by John Coltrane 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 Take Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs Take a look at the notation I have provided for “Take Five.” Practice this beat slowly and remember to keep the ghost notes (bracketed notes) soft on the snare.



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