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: Review the intro and verse and practice the chorus of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The intro and verse of this song are sounding really great! Just be careful of the rhythm at the beginning of the long fill at the end of the verse. Start working on the chorus by practicing each line individually, and then try to put them together. Your goal should be to play through all 8 verses at a slow speed but without stopping or hesitating.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the Rhumba and Mambo beats from the page of Latin drum beats: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yJPRmQn7QZuvnmvhe8ji-CCGmJPGLDZi

How to practice it most effectively: Take these beats really slowly and don’t try to put all the parts together right away. Start with just the bass and snare/tom rhythm. Count out loud to make sure that you are staying in time and playing the rhythms consistently. Once you feel confident with the combination of bass and snare/tom, then try practicing the right hand rhythm together slowly with each of the other parts. Finally, try to play all the parts together, but still go very slowly. These beats require a different kind of coordination than what you’re used to doing, so be patient with yourself and try to really get the sound and feel of the rhythms in your brain.