Hi everyone,

Here are your assignments for this week:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first five lines from “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.

How to practice it most effectively: Focus on keeping a steady pulse on the hi-hat while playing the correct rhythms on the bass drum and snare drum. Remember that every time you open the hi-hat, you need to close it again on the next note. In the fill bars, be sure to keep the pulse steady even if the rhythm is syncopated.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the shuffle beats and fills as well as the basic triplet accent pattern that we worked on in your lesson: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Work on keeping the shuffle beat really steady and playing it a bunch of different speeds. Practice both the regular shuffle and the half-time shuffle together with each of the fills. Then practice playing the triplet accent pattern and moving the accents around on the toms. If you feel up for it, try playing the accent pattern in combination with the shuffle beats.

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice both of the beats and the fill from “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice each beat separately and focus on keeping a steady pulse. Loop each beat several times in a row before moving on. See if you can play them at least eight times in a row without stopping. Then practice the fill. Once you feel comfortable playing all of this, then practice going from beat #1 straight into the fill without stopping.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Keep working on the second page of “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ’n’ Roses and get started on the third page: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice playing all the way through the first two pages of the song. Review the song map before you start so that you remember the order of verses and choruses. If you get lost while practicing, stop and re-read the sheet music before starting again. Begin working through page 3 slowly to ensure that you have a good handle on all of the beats and rhythms.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the 16-bar exercise from “Lesson One” and work on moving the rhythms around on the toms: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Work through the 16-bar exercise a little bit at a time. Start with just two bars, then to another two bars, then put those four bars together. Then do the same thing with the next four bars. Then put all eight bars together. Follow this process until you can play all 16 bars. Then, practice moving the rhythms around on the toms in creative ways while still maintaining a steady beat.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the Intro, Verse, and Chorus of “Eye of the Tiger”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Review the rhythms on the cymbal at the beginning of the song. Listen to a recording of the song if you need a reminder of how it goes. The practice the beat together with each of the fills. Take it slowly at first, then work it up to the speed of the recording.

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