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: Practice the Guitar Solo #1 as well as the fills from the end of Verse 2 and Chorus 2 in “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Remember the cross stick technique that I showed you on the snare drum. Use it during the Guitar Solo #1. Experiment with moving the stick closer to or further from the centre of the drum until you get a sound that you’re happy with. For the fills, read them very carefully and practice them slowly. Once you are confident that you can play them consistently, then try adding in the beat that comes before the fill.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the ghost note beat from the page that we worked on in your lesson: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Take time this week to read each of the beats carefully and try to make sense out of the notation. Remember that the are four beats in every bar, and each beat is divided into 4 sixteenth notes: “1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a.” If you can count the beats as you play them, this will help with both reading the notation and playing the beat consistently and accurately. Also, remember to play the ghost notes softly by keeping your stick close to the drum.