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 the new rhythms from the page I have provided called “Lesson 11”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Start at the top of the first page and read the rhythm that is on the first line. Remember that each line has just one bar of rhythm that is repeated four times. Identify which notes are eighth notes and which are sixteenth notes: eighth notes are connected by only one line at the top while sixteenth notes are connected by two. Once you have identified all of the notes, practice counting the rhythm out loud using the “1 e & a” system that we have worked on. Finally, once you can count the rhythm out loud, then play it on the drum and be sure that your playing matches your counting.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing through all four pages of “Smoke On The Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Start each practice session with a full run-through of the song. If you make mistakes, take a mental note of where they are but keep going to the end of the song. After that, go back and practice the sections where you made mistakes. Go over them a few times. Finally, at the end of your practice session, put on the recording of the song and try to play it all the way through.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Keep working on “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck and other comping patterns together with jazz backing track: 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 Link to jazz backing track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VmZwkqi0HU Practice playing along with the track using the jazz ride pattern and the foot pattern that we have always used. Then, try adding in simple comping rhythms on the snare drum. Listen to the rhythms played by the guitar in the recording and try to echo some of those rhythms.