Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Take a look at the new beats we worked on this week. Practice counting out loud while you play and pay close attention to the bass drum/snare drum rhythm. Do your best to keep a steady rhythm every time you practice. It’s important not to speed up or slow down while keeping a beat.
Focus this week on the guitar solo section from “You Shook Me All Night Long” by ACDC. Play through it several times slowly making sure that you don’t skip a beat. Then, once you are confident you can play through the whole thing, try speeding it up a little bit at a time. Accuracy and consistency are more important than speed.
Spend some time this week checking out “Chameleon” and other songs by Herbie Hancock. Listen especially for how the drum beats in his music are different from rock beats. We will likely listen to some of his music next week too, so be prepared to discuss what you like about it and what you don’t.
Keep working on your Tragically Hip song. Read through the new section that we worked on this week and make sure you can count the rhythms out loud before you try to play them. Also, practice everything nice and slow. Speed shouldn’t be much of a concern right now.
Practice both of the main beats from “Who Are You” by The Who. Work on transitioning between the two beats without speeding up or slowing down. Focus on keeping the speed of the sixteenth notes steady. Also, practice improvising fills at the end of beat #1.
Take a look this week at some of the stuff we’ve worked on so far. Practice playing quarter notes and sixteenth notes using both hands. Also, remember to count out loud while you play and keep a steady rhythm.
Review the rhythm exercises we did in your first lesson. Remember to count out loud while you play.