Here are your practice assignments for this week:
Keep working this week on #s 1 and 2 from your page of drum beats, and also add #3. Remember to count the snare/bass rhythm out loud so that you know how the beat should sound before you start. Also, review the rhythms that we have worked on and practice the two new ones that I gave you this week.
Review all the jazz exercises that we have worked on so far. Practice playing your triplet accent patterns and the snare rhythms in combination with one another. Play through the new rhythms that I gave you this week and, if those get boring, try to come up with some of your own.
Great work this week on the drum beat from “Oh Darlin’” by the Beatles. It sounded really great! Review the other beats we have learned and work on playing them together with drum fills. Remember that you still need to keep a steady pulse when you are playing drum fills. Use different combinations of the rhythms that we have learned in order to keep your drum fills in time with the beat.
Review the snare rhythm exercises that we worked on this week. They’re starting to sound really good. You just need to be more confident and consistent with them. Remember that the ride cymbal is the driving force behind the rhythm. Play the ride confidently and not too softly. It should be at least as loud or louder than the snare.
Keep working on “Good Times Bad Times.” For the most part it is really good, but there are a few things that you need to tighten up. One is the coordination of the left foot in the intro. Remember that once it starts, it doesn’t stop until the beginning of the verse beat. It needs to be consistent and in time with everything else that you’re playing. The other thing is the fills in the chorus beat. Remember that each fill only has 6 notes and then the crash cymbal. Don’t add extra ones or the rhythm will get off. Start the fill each time with your right hand.
Practice the first four drum beats on the new sheet that I gave you. Play them slowly and isolate the snare and bass drum rhythms. Try to keep a steady speed and play each beat 8 times in a row before moving on. Don’t play too loud or too hard. In order to develop consistency, you need to not tire yourself out while playing!