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: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice beats 5-8 from the page “Syncopated Bass Drum Beats” and page one of “Can’t Stop”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With each of the beats, focus first on learning the rhythm by looking at the stems of the notes and identifying the type of each note (quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note, etc.). Once you know the rhythm and can count it out loud, then practice playing it on the drums. Print the new pages for “Can’t Stop” and work on playing the main beats as well as the fill at the end of Verse 1.


Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Verse 3 and the Chorus of “So Much To Say”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGeo9VGh3JOWzwpGhEe1DbXMRuQiG7lL?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Great work on the bridge section of this song! This week, focus mostly on Verse 3 and the fill at the end of the chorus. Take it slow and pay close attention to the rhythms in each bar. The eighth notes always need to be half the speed of the sixteenth notes and the sixteenth notes need to be twice the speed of the eighth notes. If there is a particular rhythm that you find difficult, clap it before trying to play it on the drums just like we did together in your lesson.