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 lines 7 and 8 from Syncopation page 29 as well as the first page of “Beggin’”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With the rhythms from the Syncopation page, try to think of multiple ways to move each rhythm around the drums. Practice playing them in a variety of ways, not the same way every time. For “Beggin’,” practice playing through the whole first page. Be careful not to hit the bass drum at the same time as the open hi-hat notes and pay close attention to the rhythm in each fill.

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the beat from “Immigrant Song”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Review the beat that uses only the snare drum and the bass drum, then practice the one that uses the cymbal too. Look closely at which drums are used in each part of the beat. There are a couple places where you have to play the bass and the cymbal at the same time and one place where you have to play the snare and the cymbal at the same time.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first verse and chorus from “Can’t Stop”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Start by reviewing the main verse beat and the main chorus beat each day. It is really important that you feel confident playing each of these beats. After that, practice each of the bars that have a fill or some variation of the rhythm. Practice transitioning into and out of these bars with what comes immediately before them and after them.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the main beat from “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Take a close look at the rhythm of the bass drum and snare drum parts. Remember that the second snare drum note isn’t where it normally is: it’s on the “and” of 4 instead of right on 4. Once you have figured out these rhythms, then try playing them in combination with the hi-hat. The hi-hat just keeps a steady eighth note pulse throughout the whole beat.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice verse 2 and the chorus of “Never Lost” by Cece Winans: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice playing the main beat from verse 2 several times in a row. Be careful not to add in extra notes or leave any out. The whole beat must fit within the structure of 2 bars. Then practice the new fill that we learned this week which goes from the end of verse 2 into the chorus. Finally, practice playing all the way from the beginning of verse 2 to the end of the chorus.

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