Hi everyone,

Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: The 6/8 rhythms and drum beats from your book.

How to practice it most effectively: First, work on counting and playing each of the 6/8 rhythms. Remember to take them slow and make sure you keep counting in your head as you play. After that, try moving the rhythms around the drums like a drum fill. Once you are comfortable with each of the rhythms, try combining them with the beats. Play the beat 3 times in a row, then the fill once, then go immediately back to the beat. Try your best to keep it all in time without speeding up or slowing down.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Oscar

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: All the beats from “Cissy Strut”

How to practice it most effectively: Continue to take these beats slowly and try to feel the placement of the snare notes and bass drum notes. Take it one bar at a time at first, then try to play two bars at once, then 3, then 4, etc. It’s good to get the feel for the transitions from one bar to the next.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Isaac

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: The 16th-note beats that I wrote down for you this week.

How to practice it most effectively: Read each beat carefully so that you know you are playing the right number of notes each time. Count in your head as you play to make sure that you are doing it the same way each time. Take it slow and focus on keeping the 16th notes steady on the hi-hat. The snare drum and bass drum notes should fit into this rhythm.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Nate

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: The chorus, verse 2, and pre-chorus 2 from Arabella by the Arctic Monkeys.

How to practice it most effectively: Read what I wrote in your book and try to match it to what you hear in the song. Be careful of the sticking of the fills in the chorus and the second verse. For the long fill in the pre-chorus, take it very slowly and be sure to count the rhythms so you know that you’re doing it correctly.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Alexy

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: The hi-hat and bass drum exercises and each of the syncopation beats.

How to practice it most effectively: These beats and exercises still need more practice with the metronome. Listen very carefully to make sure you are together with the metronome pulse. You have a tendency to slow down, so focus on pushing forward to stay with the metronome.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

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