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: Review the “basics of rhythm” page and also look at the new page on sixteenth notes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: It is important for you to recognize the differences between quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes. Quarter notes stand all by themselves (are not attached to each other) and we count them “1   2   3   4”. Eighth notes are attached together by one line across the top and we count them “1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &”. Sixteenth notes are attached by two lines at the top and we count them 1e&a 2e&a 3e&a 4e&a”. Practice counting each of these rhythms first and then playing them on a drum.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the combinations of accent patterns that we have worked on and also start working on the beats from “7 Nation Army”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The accent pattern combinations that I want you to do are: #1 and #2, #3 and #4, #2 and #3, #3 and #5, #3 and #6, #2 and #6, #3 and #8, #4 & #7. Take them slowly and remember to count either out loud or in your head. You may also want to write in the rights (R) and lefts (L) below each accent to remind yourself of the sticking pattern. With 7 Nation Army, practice keeping a steady quarter note pulse on the bass drum and then layering the other parts on top.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practicing all the fills from “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock, especially the long fill: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Listen to the song a few times this week to try to really get the rhythm of the long fill in your head. Follow the notation to know which drum or cymbal to play in each part of the rhythm. Practice the first line by itself, then the second line by itself, then try putting the whole thing together slowly. Counting in your head or singing the melody of the song will help with accuracy and consistency of the rhythm.