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: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first two pages of “Beggin’” and keep working on playing rhythms around the drums: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice playing all the way through the first two pages of “Beggin’.” Isolate the parts that you have trouble with and focus on those sections, then go back to playing all the way through. Review the rhythm sheet a little bit each day that you practice and work on moving around the drums. Remember to be creative with how you apply the rhythms on drums; don’t just follow predictable patterns.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice beats 5-7 from the page “Syncopated Bass Drum Beats” and the verse beat from “Can’t Stop”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice the rhythms of the bass and snare drum parts in these beats before you add in the hi-hat. When you add the hi-hat, take it slowly and make sure that the bass drum notes are lining up properly with the hi-hat. Take some time to also review the verse beat and fill from Can’t Stop by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the accent patterns from the page provided: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Work on playing each of these accents patterns on one drum with both sticks (alternating right and left). Remember to keep the non-accented note soft so that the accents will stick out. Once you feel comfortable playing them at a slow speed, then try playing them faster. Always keep the rhythm steady regardless of what speed you are playing.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the chorus of “Never Lost” by Cece Winans and then practice the chorus repeat on the new page: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Great work on verse 2 this week! It sounds really good. Review the chorus to make sure you’re playing all the bass drum notes in the right place. Then take a look at the new fills from the repeat of the chorus. The beats are the same, but the drum fills are different.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice page 3 of “Can’t Stop”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus on the drum fill that leads from the guitar solo into verse 3. Reference the recording of the song to make sure you know how it’s supposed to sound. The practice playing from that fill all the way to the end of the song. The last measure is a little bit different from the regular verse beat, so watch out for that.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice up to the second chorus variation from the new page of “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: This new page lays out the form for the first section of the song. Start with the fill leading into the verse beat. Be careful of the sticking in this section to make sure that the left hand plays the last tom note and the right hand plays the crash. From there, progress through the chorus beat, back to the verse, then the chorus beat again with the two variations.

Sylvie

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the Bridge section of “So Much To Say” by Dave Matthews.: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGeo9VGh3JOWzwpGhEe1DbXMRuQiG7lL?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus on the main beat at the beginning of the Bridge. Play it slowly at first until you are comfortable repeating it seven times in a row (indicated in the notation) and then try playing it faster. For the other bars at the end of the bridge, focus on counting the rhythms first and then playing them on the drums.

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