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: Review all the beats from the “Rock and Funk” page as also keep practicing your 16th-note and 8th-note rhythms: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Great work on all the different drum beats we have done so far! You’re playing them really well. Review each of the beats this week and see if you can play each one at a variety of different speeds. With the 16th-note and 8th-note rhythms, try to finish up to #15 this week. It is really important that you can both count and play these rhythms accurately before we move on to more complex rhythms. Count each one out loud slowly, then try to play it while counting it, then play it without counting.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the fills from the first page of “Smoke on the Water,” and then begin working on the second page: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice playing each of the fills from page one together with the beats that come immediately before and immediately after each one. This will help with the transitions. Also, make sure you can count each rhythm accurately while you play it. For the Chorus on page 2, practice each two-bar section individually, then practice four bars together, then finally put all six bars together. Take it slow!


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the intro and the beginning of the trumpet solo of Miles Davis’s “So What”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing 

How to practice it most effectively: Listen to the tune a little bit each day. This will help to get the sound the of the rhythms and beat into your head. Focus first on the crashes in the intro and the fill that leads into the trumpet solo. After that, see if you can pick out some of the comping rhythms that are played during the trumpet solo, especially the ones that we played in your lesson. Practice playing along with the recording.