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: Keep practicing the coordination exercises including the new ones I have added: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: I have given you a new copy of the “Coordination Exercises” page with four new ones to work on. Practice playing each exercise in a loop (1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, etc…) Start out slowly and then try to gradually increase your speed. Try to use your right hand to play the cymbal, your left hand to play the drum, and your right foot to play the bass.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the beat from the verse of “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The most important thing with this beat is to keep the hi-hat rhythm steady. Remember that the two snare drum notes in the middle of the beat will land in between the hi-hat notes. Count the rhythm in your head while you play or out loud if necessary. This will help with accuracy and consistency. Also, spend some time listening to the song so you can get the sound of the beat in your head.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Keep working on the accent patterns from this page: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Work on moving the accents on to the toms while keeping the non-accented notes on the snare drum. Be sure not to play the snare drum notes loudly. This requires you to intentionally keep the sticks down close to the drum and only lift them higher when you play the toms. Also practice playing the accent patterns in combination with a drum beat. Next week we will work on combining these accent patterns into longer patterns.