Hi everyone,

Here are your assignments for this week:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: “Paradise City” by Guns ’n’ Roses

How to practice it most effectively: Isolate the spots that give you the most trouble, particularly the end of the intro the bridge, and the long fills at the end of the song. Practice these parts by counting them as you play to make sure you are doing them correctly. Then try playing them with the song. After that, do a run-through of the whole song.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Oscar

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: ‘Bossa Nova’ and ‘Mozambique’ drum beats.

How to practice it most effectively: The Bossa Nova is sounding really good. Keep practicing it to develop more consistency. Try to make the the bass drum and ride cymbal parts quiet while the hi-hat and rim clicks should be louder. Also, try practicing fills with the beat and see if you can keep it all in time. With the Mozambique beat, practice just the right hand with the feet, then just the left hand with the feet, then try putting it all together. Take it slow!

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Isaac

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: the new rhythms that we worked on in your lesson.

How to practice it most effectively: Count each rhythm out loud before you playing it. Try to match what you play to what you counted. Also, work on feeling the beat or pulse while playing the rhythm. You should be aware of where each beat (1, 2, 3, 4) is within the rhythm that you are playing. Keep this beat steady and consistent.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Nate

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin.

How to practice it most effectively: The Ocean sounds really great! You’re playing it very well. Before recital, just work on keeping the drum fills even with the beat in the first part of the song. You want to feel like the rhythm is skipping or swinging at all. When the beat changes in the second part of the song, then it does swing a little bit, so the feel has to change. You’re definitely getting this pretty well already, but you need to make sure you can do it consistently.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Alexy

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: The new rhythms we worked on that involve different units of rests.

How to practice it most effectively: Be sure that you can identify the difference between quarter note rests, eighth note rests, and sixteenth note rests. When reading the rhythms, count the main beats (1, 2, 3, 4) in each rhythm and see how the rest of the rhythm fits in around those beats. Count it out loud and then see if you can play it the same way that you counted it, maintaining a steady beat and pulse.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

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