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 all of the Latin beats and also spend some time listening to songs by Led Zeppelin: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz

How to practice it most effectively: Great work on the Nanigo beat this week! Keep working at it and see if you can gradually increase the speed. Just remember to keep counting to three. Also, have a listen this week to some songs by Led Zeppelin. We’ll pick one next week to start learning. 

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the first 6 beats from the page of 16th-note beats and also practice #7 and #8: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc

How to practice it most effectively: First identify where within the beat each of the notes lands. Then, count the rhythm out loud to get the sound of it in your ear. Then, try playing the beat slowly. Be sure to know which bass notes will be played together with your right hand and which will be played with your left.

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first 18 flam exercises as well as working on your double stroke roll: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yJPRmQn7QZuvnmvhe8ji-CCGmJPGLDZi

How to practice it most effectively: For the double stroke roll, first practice bouncing the stick and using the fingers to pull down the rebound. Then practice playing RRLL with the second right and the second left both accented. Finally, try playing the double stroke roll slowly and gradually speed it up. As much as possible, maintain the accents on the rebound strokes.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the last page (Verse 4) of “Misunderstanding” by Genesis: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Even though the beat in the first three verses was the same, it is different in Verse 4. Pay close attention to the crash on the last eighth note of the first bar in each line. Do your best to figure out the fills as well. Remember that the notes above the snare line are the high tom and the middle tom while the low tom is always below the snare line.

Nate M.

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the rudiments that we worked on in your lesson—the multiple bounce roll, the double stroke roll, the paradiddle and double paradiddle, the flam, and the flam accent: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UJYz7hx_AeAM7Std0aj1Y1IyVd-8f86S?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With the two types of rolls, work on bouncing the stick and controlling the bounce with your fingers. With the paradiddle and double paradiddle, whenever one hand is playing a double stroke, focus on lifting the other stick to prepare the accent. Remember that only the first note in each grouping gets an accent. With the flam and flam accent, focus on the sticking and only lift the stick that is going to play them main note of each flam.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the main beat from Chameleon by Herbie Hancock: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s

How to practice it most effectively: Focus on keeping a really steady pulse on the hi-hat and then fitting the snare drum and bass drum notes around that pulse. The first snare note should come halfway in between two hi-hat notes. The two sixteenth notes on the bass drum should be played after beat 3. Only the second one plays together with the hi-hat.

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