Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Keep working on the 16th-note funk beats that we worked on at the beginning of the lesson. Be sure to count the rhythm of the bass drum out loud before you play. Also, try each beat at different speeds, both fast and slow. Next week we’l work more on the “interlocking rhythms” exercises.
Focus this week on the transition between the first section and second section of “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. Remember that the crash at the end of section 1 happens almost simultaneously with the first bass drum beat of section 2. Practice it slowly first, then try playing it with the recording.
Keep practicing the 16th-note beats that we worked on and their corresponding eighth-note beats. Your coordination is getting much better, so focus now on making all the rhythms sound very even and steady. Next week we’ll review these beats again as well as try some new ones.
Practice the Intro (6 bars) of “Dani California” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Focus on the syncopated bass drum rhythm as well as the ‘drags’ on the snare drum. The most important thing is to make sure the beat stays steady when all these elements are added in. Also practice the chorus beat.
Take a look at the rhythm review that I wrote down in your book this week. Practice these 5 rhythms by counting them out loud and then playing them with your sticks or hands. Also, review the bass drum/snare drum rhythm that we were practicing during your lesson this week.