Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Keep practicing your drum roll. Take a look at the five different types of roles that we’ve worked on, and also practice the 4-bar roll exercise. Work on your flam as well this week. Focus on getting the two notes as close together as possible without playing them both at the same time.
Practice the different left hand exercises with the jazz pattern. Make sure that your left foot plays on 2 and 4. Work on transitioning between different left hand rhythms without changing the right hand or the feet. Take a look at the 4-bar exercise that I wrote in your book.
Keep practicing “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Focus especially on the fills from the verse and the variations of the chorus beat. Remember to practice things slowly before trying to play them at the speed of the song. Slow practice is what really helps us learn and retain new skills.
Take a look at the new Reggae beats that we worked on this week. Focus on keeping the beat slow and relaxed. You don’t want it to feel tense or rushed. Also, practice the short triplet fill. Try to make a clear difference between the straight rhythms of the beat and the triplet rhythm.
Practice the three new 16th note beats that we worked on this week. Take time to read each beat very slowly to make sure you’re not skipping over any notes. Also, count the bass drum and snare drum rhythms out loud before you play. Once you have the sound of the beat in your head, then try playing it faster.
Review the rhythms from the first page of your book. Always count the rhythm out loud first, and then try playing it. If what you play doesn’t sound the same as what you counted, then try reading and counting it again before you play.