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 playing rhythms on the drum in combination with the beats we’ve been working on (see “Drum Fills” page for examples): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Each of the beats we’ve been working on from the “Basic Rock Beats” page can be played together with the rhythms from the “Sixteenth Notes” page. I have put a new page, titled “Drum Fills,” in your folder that shows some examples of these combinations. First practice playing the beat once and then the rhythm once. After that, try playing the beat three times and the rhythm once. Finally, try playing the beat three times, then the rhythm once, and then go back to playing the beat.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice beats #13-18 from the page of ghost note beats: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Keep working through these beats slowly. Try your best to identify the rhythm of the bass and snare parts combined. Count the 16th notes, either in your head or out loud, while you play the bass and snare. Once you feel secure with the bass/snare rhythm, then try adding in the 16th notes on the hi-hat. Do your best to keep counting even once you’ve added in the hi-hat part. This will help you with accuracy and consistency.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the triplet-based accent patterns from the new page in your folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing 

How to practice it most effectively: The point of the triplet-based accent patterns is to get you used to subdividing triplets between your hands and accenting different parts of the beat while keeping time with your feet. If you can do this comfortably, then improvising in this style will become a lot easier. Practice the accent patterns on the page from last week as well as the new page I’ve added to your folder. Play them slowly at first and then, after they start to feel more comfortable, try to speed them up. Move the accents around on the toms. Also, practice playing them in combination with a simple jazz beat.


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