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:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the triplet accent patterns, #11-19, as play them in alternation with the jazz ride pattern: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz

How to practice it most effectively: Practice each of the triplet accent patterns first on the snare drum. Next, try moving the accents around the drums. Then, try playing two bars of the jazz ride pattern followed by two bars of the accent pattern. Once you feel comfortable doing this with each pattern, then try playing through #12-15 in two bar repetitions alternating with two bars of the jazz pattern. If you can, try doing the same thing with #16-19.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing through both pages of “Smoke On The Water”: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc

How to practice it most effectively: Review the beats and fills on page 1. Then practice playing all the way through the intro and verse together. Next, move on to page 2. Practice playing each line of the chorus separately. Then try playing through the whole chorus without stopping or pausing. After that, practice the transition from the chorus back to the intro beat. Finally, practice the transition from the end of verse 1 intro the chorus.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the guitar solo section of “Smoke on the Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: First, practice just playing sixteenth notes on the snare drum while playing quarter notes on the bass drum. It is important that you get used to doing this so that you can play comfortably and keep a steady pulse. After that, work on each of the bars with accents on their own. The first one and the third one stay on the snare drum, while the second one moves to the toms. Remember that it will be a lot easier to play these accents on the tom that is closest to the snare drum so you don’t have to reach as far.

Nate M.

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Keep working on “Red Barchetta” by Rush as well as the triplet accent exercises: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UJYz7hx_AeAM7Std0aj1Y1IyVd-8f86S?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice each triplet accent pattern individually at first and work on moving the accents around on the drums. Next, practice alternating the accent patterns with two bars of the jazz ride pattern. Practice this at a wide variety of speed, from very slow to very fast. After that, you should try combining different accent patterns into 2 bar patterns and work on moving these around the drums. Eventually, you will start to feel comfortable improvising your own accent patterns.

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