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 page of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.

How to practice it most effectively: Play through the whole page a few times in each one of your practice sessions. Try to work in the open hi-hat notes in the verse and chorus sections. Also, spend some time playing through the bridge slowly so that you are confident with all of the rhythms and fills.

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: Focus this week on learning beat #2. It is really important that you are able to play this beat using both hands and to keep a steady speed between the two hands. Try taking out the bass drum part and just play the snare drum part using both sticks. Once that feels comfortable, then add back in the bass drum.

Nate

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first three pages of “Welcome To The Jungle”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus on the rhythms from page three this week. Read each line carefully to make sure you’re not adding in extra notes. Remember that toward the bottom of the page, you will often play a crash before beat 1, but not on beat 1. Once you have all these rhythms figured out, then practice playing page three together with pages one and two.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing the rhythms from “Lesson 4” together with the right hand a foot patterns that we have been working on: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Work through all fifteen of the rhythms on the snare drum while keeping the ride cymbal and foot patterns steady. Then practice the 20-bar exercise at the bottom of the page. Approach this the same way that we did the 16-bar exercises (two bars at a time, then four bars, then eight, etc.). In addition to practicing these things, also go back to rhythms 1-4 and practice taking out the first eighth note from each group of two, just like we did at the end of your lesson.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing all the way through “Eye of the Tiger”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Start each of your practice sessions by listening to the song and following along with your sheet music. This will help you to understand the form of the music and know how everything is supposed to sound. Then work on the parts of the song that you find most difficult. At the end of each practice session, try to play through the whole song together with the recording. This will help you to assess your progress and to know what parts to work on the next day.

Sylvie

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Focus on beat #3 from “Fool In The Rain” by Led Zeppelin: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGeo9VGh3JOWzwpGhEe1DbXMRuQiG7lL?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Work on keeping the volume of the accents consistent throughout this beat. It is important that all the left hand accents are just as loud as the right hand accents. If not, the beat won’t have the right sound and feel. In order to get the accents to really stick out, keep all the non-accented notes as soft as you can. Once the beat starts to feel more comfortable, work on gradually increasing the speed.

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