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 rhythms #5-9 from the page I have provided called “Lesson 11” as well as the new beat from “Ruby Tuesday”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Go through the remaining rhythms on the “Lesson 11” page in the same way we did during your lesson: First identify where the 16th-notes are—those are the notes connected by two lines at the top. Then count the rhythm out loud. Remember that the sixteenth notes are faster that the eighth notes. Finally, play the rhythm and make sure that your playing matches your counting. After you’re done with these rhythms, then take a look at the new beat from “Ruby Tuesday.”


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing all the way through “Smoke On The Water” as well as the first four accent patterns on the new page: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Keep working through “Smoke on the Water.” It’s sounding really great! You just have to tighten up a few of the fills and transitions. After that, practice the first four accent patterns on the new page I have provided. Remember that all of the non-accented notes should be played at the same volume (soft) and it is important to avoid the tendency to accent every note that is played together with the bass drum.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Keep working on “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck: 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 Break the beat down into parts. First practice the ride cymbal pattern together with the feet (bass drum and closed hi-hat). Then add in the two main snare drum notes and practice those together with everything else. Finally, add in the remaining “ghost” snare drum notes and practice the whole beat together. At each stage of this progression, practice the beat by yourself first and then together with the recording.