Here are your practice assignments for this week:
Great work on “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers! It sounds really great in your lesson. Keep practicing it at home, especially the fill after the bridge, so that you develop a little bit more confidence in the timing between sections. Be careful of the timing of the crashes in the chorus as well. Keep it consistent throughout.
Keep reviewing the rudiments that we have been working on: drum roll, double strokes, flams, and paradiddles. I will want to hear you play each of these next week. Also, when practicing xylophone or any melodic percussion instrument, make sure that you’re not just memorizing the notes and playing from memory. You need to learn how to sight-read notes from the page. The only way that you will develop this skill is to practice looking at the music while you play.
Great work on the accent patterns from last week! Practice the new ones that I wrote down in your book this week. Remember to take them slow and focus on preparing each accent by lifting the stick high above the drum. Keep your sticks low to the drum for the non-accented notes. Also, practicing playing your drums beats along with the song “Hey Jude” by the Beatles. Listen carefully while you play to make sure you’re not speeding up and getting ahead of the music.
Keep working on playing your beats along with different songs that you like: “Hey Jude” and “We Will Rock You” are good places to start, but you could try playing along with almost any slow to medium-speed song that you like. Another one you may want to check out is “Supersonic” by Oasis as it is easy to hear the drums in this song. Also, practice the new accent patterns that we worked on this week.