Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Keep practicing the beats with the syncopated rhythms on the bass drum. #4 is starting to get more consistent, but #5 still needs some work. Focus on playing each rhythm several times in a row slowly while counting the rhythm in your head. This will help with accuracy and consistency. Also, spend some time working on the first fill from “Travellin’” by Matt Mays.
Great work on the new rhythms this week! Practice what you have written down on your sheet at home. With each rhythm, first count it out loud, then play it with your sticks. Make sure that what you play matches what you counted. Play each rhythm a few times in a row before moving on.
Spend a little bit more time this week with the syncopated drum beats. Start slowly with each beat, but then see if you can speed them up. Pay close attention to how each rhythm feels, especially if it is syncopated rhythm (one that doesn’t line up with the hi-hat). As you get used to how these rhythms feel, it will be easier to play them in a variety of different contexts. Also take a look at the opening of “Travellin’” by Matt Mays.
Keep working on the triplet rhythms that we have done in your lessons. Focus on making sure each triplet creates an even subdivision of the beat. Pay close attention to how the triplet rhythms feel in comparison to the non-triplet rhythms (duple rhythms). As you get used to how these rhythms feel, it will be easier to play them.
Review the new rhythm that we first learned two weeks ago. Practice the examples that I wrote down for you. Play each one several times in a row before moving on. Also, practice the eighth-note beats that we have been working on. Focus on playing in time and keeping the speed very steady.
Practice the new coordination exercises that use the bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hat. Make sure you use your right hand stick on the hi-hat and your left hand stick on the snare. Try to play each exercises a few times in a row without stopping. Focus on playing in time and keeping the speed very steady.