Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Keep practicing those accent patterns. You need to count out loud while practicing to ensure that you are keeping a steady beat and not adding extra notes. Don’t worry about playing fast. Go slow and focus on accuracy and consistency.
Great work with the ghost notes this week. When practicing them at home, be aware of how your hand is moving. Be sure to keep the stick very low to drum when playing the ghost notes and don’t lift the stick before you play. Just bend your wrist to drop the stick lightly on to the drum.
Practice the four types of ghost notes that we worked on this week. Be aware of how your hand is moving. Be sure to keep the stick very low to drum when playing the ghost notes and don’t lift the stick before you play. Just bend your wrist to drop the stick lightly on to the drum.
Work on playing through the sections of Black Dog that we have covered so far. Focus especially on the snare-bass-tom fill that we covered this week. Make sure that it stays in time and that the bass drum note in the middle doesn’t slow you down. Listen to the recording if you need to remind yourself how this part goes.
Practice the coordination exercises that we worked on this week. Pay close attention to which notes are played by your hands and which notes are played with your foot. Also, be sure to count the rhythm out loud before you play and keep a steady beat.