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 page 2 of “Back In Black” and the new rhythm page: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Review the notation on the second page of “Back In Black” again and practice playing it slowly. Also, take a look at the new rhythm page I have provided on combinations of 16th notes and 8th notes. Practice counting each of the four rhythm examples out loud and then try playing them. We will start with this page next week.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice Verse 3 of “Smoke on the Water” (on page four) and try playing it in combination with the chorus: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Start with the drum fills at the end of each line. The second one is the most challenging, so look very carefully at the notation and practice it slowly. First identify the rhythm, and then look at how that rhythm moves around the drums. Remember that the first snare note after the crash is played with your right hand, otherwise the fill won’t work. After you’ve got all three of the fills, the practice playing the whole verse and chorus.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck and other comping patterns together with jazz backing track: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Link to Take Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs Link to jazz backing track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VmZwkqi0HU Practice playing along with the track using the jazz ride pattern and the foot pattern that we have always used. Then, try adding in simple comping rhythms on the snare drum. Any rhythm will do, just be sure to fit it into the feeling of the beat.



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