Hi everyone,

Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: The 12 drum beats from the sheet I gave you as well as the two-bar rhythms from your book.

How to practice it most effectively: Count the rhythms and the beats out loud before you try to play them. Go slow and focus on accuracy rather than just trying to play them fast.

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: Mozambique drum beat and review the form of the Super Mario Bros song.

How to practice it most effectively: Just like we did in your lesson, practice the Mozambique beat  in parts: first, just hands together; then, just the right hand and feet; then, just the left hand and feet. Finally, try to put all three parts together. Focus especially on the rhythm that your right hand is playing. It’s the trickiest part.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Leonie

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: “Arabella” by the Arctic Monkeys

How to practice it most effectively: Always start by listening to the song. This will help you to get the right speed and the sound of the beats and fills in your head before you begin to play. Then review the rhythms of the fills in the pre-chorus section. When you feel confident with this, then try playing it with the recording. Then listen to the rest of the song and see if you can hear what’s happening in the parts we haven’t done yet.

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 6/8 beats that I have written down in your book.

How to practice it most effectively: Count the hi-hat notes in each beat: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. These should be played in an even eighth-note rhythm to give you a steady pulse. Then read the bass drum and snare drum notes and fit them in the right places within the eighth-note pulse. Do all of this slowly. Once you get the sound of the beat in your head, then try playing it faster.

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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