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 drum beats that I wrote down in your book.

How to practice it most effectively: Count the beats out loud using one of the two counting methods that we discussed: “1 2 3 4 5 6” or “1 & a 2 & a.” Identify where the bass drum plays and where the snare drum plays. Then try to put it all together and take it slow.

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: Funk beat from “Cissy Strut”

How to practice it most effectively: Divide the beat into sections and practice each section individually. Take it slowly and make sure you can count each of the rhythms. When you put it all together, be sure to keep a steady sense of pulse while you play. Remember the accented hi-hat note.

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 6/8 beats that I wrote down for you.

How to practice it most effectively: Count the beats out loud using one of the two counting methods that we discussed: “1 2 3 4 5 6” or “1 & a 2 & a.” Identify where the bass drum plays and where the snare drum plays. Then try to put it all together and take it slow. Listen to the song “Oh Darlin’” the the Beatles and try to play these beats with that song.

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 verse and pre-chorus ofArabella” by the Arctic Monkeys

How to practice it most effectively: In the verse, keep a steady quarter-note pulse on the hi-hat and count the rhythm of the bass drum and snare drum. In the pre-chorus, practice each of the rhythms on the toms. Be sure that you can count the rhythms before you try to play them. Also, remember to keep a steady pulse on the hi-hat with your foot. Don’t let it speed up or slow 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.

Alexy

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: The two syncopation beats that I wrote down in your book.

How to practice it most effectively: Count the rhythm of the bass drum and snare drum and then play it separate from the hi-hat. Once this rhythm is firmly established, then try to add in the eighth-notes on the hi-hat. Be sure that you aren’t playing extra notes on the hi-hat or stretching out the rhythm of the bass drum. Remember that the 16th-notes need to be faster than the eighth-notes.

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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