Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Take a look at the new funk beats that we worked on this week. Practice counting (either out loud or in your head) while you play. This will help to ensure that you’re playing each note in the right place. Also, try your best to feel where the beat is against the syncopated rhythms on the bass drum. This will help you to find the groove with each beat.
Keep working on “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. Focus this week on counting out loud while you play. This will help you to better understand the rhythmic relationships between different parts of the song. You can play all the different parts now, but in order to to put them all together, you need to work on the transitions. Counting out loud will help a lot with this.
Take a look at the new 16th-note beats that we worked on this week. Practice them slowly for while and focus on playing the bass drum notes exactly together with the hi-hat. Once this starts to feel comfortable, then try speeding them up and while maintaining the accuracy of the rhythm. Also, keep working on “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.”
Keep working on the 16th-note funk beats, especially the ones that are new this week. Count while you play to make sure each note is in the right place. After each beat starts to feel comfortable, try playing it without looking at the page. Focus on how it sounds and try to reproduce what you hear in your head without reading it.
Review your accent patterns again this week. Focus especially on always alternating your hands when you play – Right, Left, R, L, R, L, etc. This is something that get in the habit of doing every time you play.