Here are your practice assignments for this week:
Keep working on the sheet that I gave you last week. Review beat #1-3 and also practice #4 which we learned this week. Remember to count the rhythm out loud before you play and while you are playing. This will help with accuracy and consistency. Start slow with each beat and then, once it starts to get easier, try to play it at a faster speed.
Practice the new jazz rhythms that we worked on this week. Focus on keeping the ride cymbal rhythm steady as you read the snare rhythms. Remember to accent beats 2 and 4 on the ride. This will help you to feel more of a groove as you play. Don’t play too loud on the snare; the ride cymbal should be louder.
Great work on the beats from last week! They sounded really great in your lesson. This week, practice beat #5 and #6. Remember to take it slow and count the rhythm either out loud or in your head. Especially with #6 it is very important that you can hear the rhythm in your head before you try to play it so that you don’t miss any notes.
Great work on your two Led Zeppelin songs. With “Good Times Bad Times,” just work on tightening up the fills. Always start them with your right hand because when you start them with your left you always end up adding an extra note which throws off the timing. With “Ramble On,” remember to sit back on the beat in the opening so that you don’t rush. Then when the chorus kicks in, you can drive it forward a bit more.
Keep working on the beats from the sheet that I gave you. Focus on #5 and #6 this week. Remember to count the rhythm on the snare drum and bass drum out loud before you play. This will help you to be more accurate and consistent. Try to play each beat at a variety of speeds too: slow, medium, and fast. Sometimes it is harder to play slow without speeding up than it is to play fast. Pick a slow song like “Hey Jude” by the Beatles and try playing along with it.