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 playing “Good Times Bad Times” along with the recording as well as the new triplet accent patterns: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz

How to practice it most effectively: With “Good Times Bad Times,” try playing up to the end of Chorus 2 with the notation that you have and then keep playing to the end of the song by continuing to play in the same style. This means using the same types of rhythms, beats, and fills while adding your own variations that fit in with the song, just like John Bonham does. With the triplet accent patterns, keep a steady pulse with your feet: bass drum plays 1, 2, 3, 4, and hi-hat plays 2 & 4. At the same time, play accent patterns #12-15 on the snare drum.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice Verse 1 and the Chorus of “Smoke On The Water”: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc

How to practice it most effectively: For Verse 1, practice counting and playing each of the fills. Then practice playing all the way through this section without stopping. For the Chorus, practice it slowly one bar at a time. Be sure to read every note on the page and careful not to add in anyy extra notes. Next try adding two bars together and practice playing them without stopping. If you feel up to it, try 4 bars together, and then 6.

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice lines 4-6 of “Drum Corps on Parade” as well as your rudiments: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yJPRmQn7QZuvnmvhe8ji-CCGmJPGLDZi

How to practice it most effectively: The rudiments that you should focus on this week are the 17-stroke roll, the double paradiddle, the single flammed mill, and the swiss army triplet. Practice each one at different speeds (slow, medium, and fast) and focus on keeping the fingers on the left hand engaged. With the solo, practice playing from the beginning of line 4 up to the end of line 6 (or the first note of line 7). Then practice putting it together with the first 3 lines. After that, if you have time, start to look at lines 7-9.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice Verse 1 and the Chorus of “Smoke On The Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: For Verse 1, practice counting and playing each of the fills. Then practice playing all the way through this section without stopping. For the Chorus, practice it slowly one bar at a time. Be sure to read every note on the page and careful not to add in anyy extra notes. Next try adding two bars together and practice playing them without stopping. If you feel up to it, try 4 bars together, and then 6.

Nate M.

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

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

How to practice it most effectively: With the accent patterns, focus on keeping a steady pulse with your feet: the bass drum should play quarter notes (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) and the hi-hat foot should play just on 2 & 4. Play the triplet accent patterns on the snare drum. All the non-accented notes should be played softly while the accented notes are played loudly. Determine which stick will play each accent and think carefully about when to lift each stick to prepare the accent. The higher you lift the stick before the accent, the louder it will be.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the Intro and Verse 1 of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Guns ’n’ Roses: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s

How to practice it most effectively: Listen to the song a few times this week if you can. This will help to get the sound of the rhythms and fills in your head. Practice counting and playing each beat and fill individually. If you can count them out loud then you will know whether you’re playing them correctly or not. Once you’ve done this with each bar, then start putting them together and play through both of these sections of the song.

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