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 playing the accent patterns that we worked on in your lesson this week: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The first thing that you should focus on is keeping the non-accented notes soft while playing the accents nice and loud. This is all generated by distance between the stick and the drum before you play the note. Keep the sticks low when you want to play soft and raise them high when you want to play loud. Maintain a very steady rhythm and try to match the volume of all the accented notes. After you begin to feel comfortable with all of the patterns, then try moving the accented notes onto the toms.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the ghost note beats (#19-24) and the beat and first two fills from “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Remember the two most important parts of playing the beat from Chameleon are: 1) accenting the first of every two hi-hat notes (loud, soft, loud, soft, loud, soft, etc.), and 2) playing the first snare note in between the 2nd and 3rd hi-hat notes. This is what gives it the syncopated feel. Play through the beat a number of times this week and also have a listen to the song. Try to work in the first two fills that we worked on from the page I put in your folder.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the three sets of exercises that we worked on in your lesson: rhythm, snare/bass, and coordination: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19R3GmSbTvlCrqfF_BOrD3z8nzgM3vZO9?usp=sharing 

How to practice it most effectively: Great work in your first lesson, Andraz! We were able to cover a lot of ground to start developing the basic skills in playing the drums. Try to review all the exercises that I have written down for you at least 2 or 3 times this week. In next week’s lesson we will review these materials and then work on developing them even further.


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