Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Review the clave rhythm exercises for one more week. Focus on counting in your head while you play. This will help you to understand better how the rhythms fit together. Also, take some time to listen to “New Divide” by Linkin Park this week. We’ll be starting to work on that song at your next lesson.
Practice the clave rhythm some more this week. See if you can play the clave with your left hand while playing eighth notes on the ride cymbal and quarter notes alternating between your feet. Be sure to count out loud to make sure you’re getting it right. Also, listen to “Black Dog” by Led Zepplin a few times this week. We’ll start working on it at your next lesson.
Spend another week working on the accent patterns. They’re getting a lot better, so now try to make them more consistent. Practice the harder ones slowly, and with the easier ones, try to push the speed as much as you can. This will help you develop better control of your hands and sticks.
Take a look at the new fill from “Dancing Queen” that we worked on in your lesson. Count it out loud and practice it slow. Try putting it together with the regular beat: 3 times through the beat, and then once through the fill. Also, practice the intro and the main beat from “Eye of the Tiger” with the new drum fill that we worked on.
Practice the three beats that we worked on in your lesson this week. First, take a look at the rhythm of the beat and figure out where the sixteenth notes are – those are the fast notes. Then look at which notes are played on the bass drum and which ones are played on the snare drum. Then try playing the beat slowly while counting out loud. Following these steps will improve your reading skills and help you to learn the beats correctly.
Take a look at the new rhythms on the second page in your book. Count them out loud and then try playing them either with your hands or your sticks. Focus on keeping a steady speed and try to play each rhythm 3 or 4 times in a row without stopping.