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: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the intro and verse 1 of “Good Times Bad Times” and keep working on the accent patterns: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz

How to practice it most effectively: Practice repeating the four bars of the verse from “Good Times Bad Times.” Then practice the transition from the intro into the verse. Once you feel comfortable with this, then try playing the whole thing together. If you think you’re up to it, try playing this much of the song together with the recording.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice #7-12 from the page of 16th-note beats: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc

How to practice it most effectively: Take a close look at the position of each bass drum and snare drum note in each one of these beats. Be sure that you can count these rhythms out loud before you try to play the beat. Take it slow and be very precise with every note. Once you feel comfortable with the beat, then try to speed it up.

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the double stroke rudiments as well as the first line of “Drum Corps on Parade”: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yJPRmQn7QZuvnmvhe8ji-CCGmJPGLDZi

How to practice it most effectively: Focus on playing your roll rudiments with a steady pulse and at least eight times in a row without stopping. With the 5-stroke and 9-stroke rolls, always alternate the stickings. With the 7-stroke roll, play the right-hand sticking eight times in a row and then the left-hand sticking eight times in a row. With “Drum Corps on Parade,” focus on just playing the first line in time and with all the accents in the right spots.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice up to #8 on the page of 16th-note beats: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus this week on #s 5-8. Pay close attention to the sound of the rhythm created by the bass and snare drum. Once you can hear this rhythm clearly in your head, then it will be easier to play the beat with consistency. When practicing #s 1-4, try to add in simple 16th-note drum fills that move around the drums.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Finish learning beats 1-4 from “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock and take a look at the “long fill” from page 2: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s

How to practice it most effectively: When practicing these fills, be sure to play them together with the main beat. First practice the transition from the beat into the fill. Then practice the transition from the fill back into the beat. Then try putting it all together. Make sure that you can keep a steady pulse through all the transitions. It’s okay to practice them slowly!

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