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:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Work on the transitions on the second page of “Beggin’” and practice the jazz samba right hand/foot pattern.

How to practice it most effectively: Focus this week on being able to play all the way to the bottom of page two without stopping. Pay close attention to the transitions between sections and make sure you don’t lose time. Next week we will continue with new material in the song. Also, practice playing the jazz samba pattern (right hand and feet) at a variety of different speeds.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice page 1 of “Can’t Stop” as well as Verse 2 and the Chorus on page 2: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Read the notation on the page carefully. You can read all of these rhythms so don’t just rely on your memory when playing the fills. Take the time to figure out the correct rhythms. When playing the beats, watch out for open hi-hat notes that appear occasionally. They are marked with an open circle below the the note.

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing the rhythms from your sixteenth note page together with your basic rock beats, just like we worked on in your lesson: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Play each of the rhythms a few times using both of your drums and your cymbal. Experiment with different ways of playing the rhythms around the drums. Then play one of the beats from your page of basic rock beats followed by the rhythm that you just worked on. Practice going back and forth between the beat and the rhythm without stopping or slowing down. Try different beats along with each rhythm.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing all the way through pages 1 and 2 of “Never Lost” by Cece Winans: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus this week on being able to play through everything that we have learned so far. Start each practice session with a run-through, then take time to fix any of the details you may have missed, then finish with another run-through. Next week we will work on the final page of the song.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the two-measure beats and the application section (#21-25) from Lesson 5: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice playing each of the two-measure beats several times in a row without stopping. Try to feel both measures as a single phrase, in other words, as one whole beat rather than a combination of two beats. With the application section, focus on being able to play the whole thing without slowing down or stopping. Also, if you have time, you should revisit the one-measure beats and practice playing them with fills.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the new section of “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Have a listen to the song a few times before practicing it. I think the best way to learn the rhythms in this song is to get them in your ear first. Focus on practicing the transition between the triplets on the snare drum and the slower triplets that move around on the toms. Once you feel comfortable with this, then work on the transition into the shots on the snare and floor tom. Then, finally, try to put it all together.

Sylvie

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the second bridge section to the end of the song and then practice playing the whole thing: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGeo9VGh3JOWzwpGhEe1DbXMRuQiG7lL?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The most important thing at this point is being able to play through large sections of the song without stopping. The best way to do this is to begin by playing all the way through the song and take note of where you make mistakes, but don’t stop. Then go back and work on the sections where you had mistakes so you can fix them. Then finish by going back to the beginning of the song and play all the way through again without stopping. Do this each day and playing through the song will get easier.

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