Hi everyone,

Here are your homework assignments for this week:


Focus this week on the two new beats that I gave you, plus the beat from “Ice Ice Baby.” With all three of them, practice slow and make sure that you are counting in your head while you play. Play each beat several times in a row without stopping. Try not to stop even if you make a mistake. Rather, maintain a steady speed and see if you can keep going.


Spend some time working on your left hand drag. Ensure that you are gripping the stick loosely enough that it can bounce, but tightly enough that you are always in control of the stick. This is a tricky balancing act, so you will have to practice it for a while. Also, keep working on the fills and breakdown section in “Chameleon.”


Work on the first major fill from “Mercy” by Muse. Practice both options that I gave you throughout the week and next lesson we will decide which one works better for you. Also, listen to the song a few times this week to get more familiar with it.


Practice the fills from “Ride” by 21 Pilots. Make sure that you read the fills that are written in your book and try to match them with what you hear in the song. Also, keep working on smoothing out the bass drum rhythms in the main beat. Don’t feel like you have to play too heavily because that will slow you down. Keep it light!