Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in getting the homework posts out this week. ABC’s website was down at the end of last week so I wasn’t able to send them until today.

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 intro to “Back in Black” by ACDC and also listen to this part of the song: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The first three bars of this intro are all the same. They are a simple rock beat with the bass on 1 and 3 and the snare on 2 and 4. The fourth bar has a rhythm where you play the snare first and the bass and cymbal together. You do this three times in a row and then play the snare drum twice at the end. Practice it just the way we did in your lesson and then try playing the whole four bars twice without stopping.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review pages 1 and 2 of “Smoke on the Water” and then practice the first half of page 3: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice playing through the first two pages without stopping. Be careful of your sticking on the fills; be sure that it is consistent. Also, focus on keeping the rhythms steady, especially in the 16th note beat at the very beginning. Once you feel comfortable playing through the first two pages, then look at the new fills from verse 2 on page 3.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Listen to “Blue Train” by John Coltrane and “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock and try to pick out some of the rhythms you are hearing: 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


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