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: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice beats #19-24 from the page of ghost note beats: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: You’re doing great work with these beats. Keep it up! Remember what we talked about with feeling the pulse and emphasizing the notes that line up with the pulse. This will give the beat a greater feeling of groove. With number 23, practice bouncing the stick by pressing it into the drum as you play the note. It has to be quick when played together with the rest of the beat.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice improvising your own comping rhythms in combination with the jazz ride pattern: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing 

How to practice it most effectively: I want you to come up with at least two comping rhythms of your own and play them for me next week. They don’t need to be complicated, but try to come up with something that sounds good to you. To get some ideas, have a listen to some of the artists I’ve listed here: Miles Davis (anything from the album “Kind of Blue” is a good place to start), Dave Brubeck (his album “Time Out” is a classic), John Coltrane (“A Love Supreme” and “Blue Train” are both great),  Wynton Marsalis (“The Magic Hour” album is a good place to start).