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 first four lines on the “16th-notes and 8th-notes” page I have provided here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing
How to practice it most effectively: Remember that the notes which are connected by one line at the top are the eighth notes and they are counted “1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &.” The notes which are connected by two lines at the top are the 16th notes and they are counted “1e&a 2e&a etc…” For each of the first four lines from this page, identify which parts of the beat have sixteenth notes (the rest will be eighth notes). The top line has sixteenth notes on beat 1, so it is counted “1e&a 2 & 3 & 4 &.” The second line has sixteenth notes on beat 2, so it is counted “1 & 2e&a 3 & 4 &.” Practice counting each line before you try to play it. If you want to go past line 4, that’s okay too!
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day
What to practice: Practice the beat from the intro, verse, and chorus 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 chorus beat is almost there, you just need to practice playing it a little bit every day to help develop more consistency. Also, take a close look at the open hi-hat notes in verse 2 and practice playing the bars that have them. Play bars 40 & 41 together, as well as bars 44 & 45. Take them slow! Finally, practice playing the intro and verse 1 of the song together with the recording.
Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day
What to practice: Practice the rhythms and beats that we worked on from the James Bond Theme Song
How to practice it most effectively: First practice the straight ride cymbal pattern, “1 &a 2 &a 3 &a 4 &a,” together with the bass drum playing 1 and 3 and the hi-hat foot playing 2 and 4. Then work on the swing pattern that I showed you, “1 2 a 3 4 a 1 2 a 3 4 a,” together with the bass playing 1 2 3 4 and the snare and hi-hat foot playing 2 and 4. Finally, work on playing the “pushes” or the “shots” with the crash and snare together, then the crash and bass together.