Sorry I am late sending out the homework e-mail this week. It’s been a busier-than-usual week for me. Here are your homework assignments for this week:
Keep working on the beats from “You Shook Me All Night Long” by ACDC. Focus especially on the transitions between Verse and Chorus. Also, spend some time practicing the end of Chorus 2 very slowly to help you get all the cymbal shots in the right place. It will help to count out loud while you play.
Great work on “Crying Lightening” by the Arctic Monkeys. Your sixteenth note triplets were sounding particularly crisp and tight. Keep working on the transitions between each part of the song. Listen to the recording a bunch of times to familiarize yourself with when the transitions happen and how they sound in context with the other instruments.
Keep working on the beats and fills from “My Music at Work” by the Tragically Hip. Begin slowly, and then as the fills start to feel more comfortable, speed them up gradually. With the new section that we worked on at the end of our last lesson, try counting it out loud before you play. This will help you to get all the cymbal shots in the right place.
Practice the exercises that we worked on in which you keep time with quarter notes on the bass drum while playing different subdivisions with your hands on the snare drum. Practice going from slow quarter notes, to eighth notes, to sixteenth notes, to thirty-second notes, and then back down. Focus on keeping the bass drum very steady and not getting tense as you speed up. This will help a lot with the fast sections of “Who Are You” by The Who.