Hi everyone,

Here are your assignments for this week:


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice up to the end of the second-last line on page two of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.

How to practice it most effectively: Work out the new 7/8 section slowly to ensure that you are not adding or missing any notes. The rhythms here need to be very precise so you must watch the notation carefully. Once you have gotten the hang of this section, then try adding it to the earlier parts that you have already learned. Practice playing all the way through from the beginning of page one and focus on the transitions.


Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Review all of the beats from the “Basic Rock Beats” page and practice the new rhythms from the page of 16th and 8th note combinations: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: You’re doing really great with the rock beats! Keep practicing them and remember to count either out loud or in your head all of the notes as you play them. This will help to make sure you don’t leave any out. With the new rhythms, try to identify the different types of notes and think about which ones are short and which are long before you play the rhythm.


Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing all the way through “Welcome To The Jungle” with the recording of the song: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Before you try playing the song, review the road map so that you know how to transition between each section of the song: intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, interlude, … etc. Knowing the road map will help you to play the song with more confidence and without getting lost. Then, when you play the song, listen carefully to what each section of the song sounds like so you know how your part fits in with everything else that you hear.


Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review “Bossa Nova” beat and begin working on the first ten measure of “Arabella” by the Arctic Monkeys: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: For the Bossa Nova beat, remember what we discussed in your lesson: this beat should feel very relaxed and doesn’t need to be played loudly. Even though it has very complex rhythms, it should sound gentle and laid back. With Arabella, first look at the beat in the first two measure of the song. It has quarter notes on the hi-hat and then a rhythm underneath that played between the bass drum and snare drum. In measures 3-10, the Xs below the staff indicate eighth notes to played with your left foot on the hi-hat pedal while the Xs above the staff are to be played on the crash cymbal. See how much of this you can figure out and we will review it next week. Use this recording if you want to hear how the drum beat sounds in context: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Jn6-TItCazo



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