Here are your practice assignments for this week:
Practice the new rhythms and the new beat that we worked on this week. Be sure to count the rhythms out loud before you play them. Also, practice playing them around the drums like a drum fill. For the beat, be sure to play it several times in a row without stopping. Try it at different speeds too: slow, medium, and fast.
Keep working on the jazz snare rhythm exercises. Practice them slowly and try to hear each individual part as you are playing them together. It is important that you play an accent on beats 2 and 4 on the ride cymbal. Feeling this accent will help you to always know where the beat is and will make everything more consistent.
Practice the new beat that we worked on from “I Got the Feeling” by James Brown. Make sure that you read the rhythm of the bass drum and snare drum before you try to put the whole thing together. Practice it slow until it starts to feel comfortable. Listen to the song a few times this week as well. It will help you in learning the beat.
Keep working on the accent patterns, especially the new ones from this week. Play them slowly and count out loud while you practice. The two most important things are that you keep really steady time (don’t speed up or slow down) and that you play the non-accented notes softly. Focus on doing these two things each time you practice.