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 the first page of the “16th-notes and 8th-notes” page and review #5-10 on the “Coordination Exercises” page: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With each of the rhythms on the “16th-notes and 8th-notes” page, be sure to identify which notes are 16th notes and which are eighth notes. Practice counting the rhythm out loud before you play it. For example, the rhythm in the first line is counted “1e&a 2 & 3 & 4 &.” After you have counted it out loud, then try playing the rhythm on the drum four times in a row without stopping. Remember to keep a steady beat!


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice verse 2, chorus 2, and the bridge of “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus on the two drum fills in chorus two: the one in measure  57 and the one in measure 60. The first one has that rhythm on the snare that is counted “4e  a.” Be sure that the first two notes (the “4e”) are close together and the last note (the “a”) is separated from the first two. In measure 60, remember that the bass drum notes are all evenly spaced (“1   2   3   4”) but the open hi-hat at the end comes right after the last bass drum note (“4 &”). Also, practice the short fill at the end of the bridge.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the rhythms and beats that we worked on from the James Bond Theme Song

How to practice it most effectively: Practice all the different variations of the main beat that we worked on: both of the pushes (snare&crash and bass&crash), the one with the three snare notes before the push (accent on the third note), the one with two syncopated snare notes, and the one that moves around the toms. Remember that the last two are played one right after the other and this leads into the part where the drums play together with the melody. See if you can play along with a recording of the song.