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: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Spend some time working on playing rhythms that go between you hands and your foot.

How to practice it most effectively: Remember that the drum that you play with your foot is called the bass drum. Use so of the rhythms that we have worked on in your lessons and play them on the bass and the other drums. Try something like this: “bass… drum… bass bass drum…” or “bass bass drum…. bass bass drum…” or “bass… drum bass bass… drum…”. We will review all of these rhythms next week as well as learning some new ones.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice putting together all of the different parts of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: You’re doing really well with this song. You’ve got all the different parts to it now. So this week you should work on playing through all the sections and see if you can fit them together. Listen to the recording to remind yourself of how everything goes and when each of the transitions happens. Then, see if you can play the song along with the recording. 


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice 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 this beat 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.