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So far Jeffrey Zhu has created 47 blog entries.

April 4

Samson Keep practicing the pattern from today and overall freedom with the bass drum. As a reminder: if "-" means rest and "|" means play, --||  -||- ||-| |--- is the pattern. Lucas Good work getting the subdivisions for the sixteenth notes down! Keep doing the same metronome work as before to reinforce your improvement and try to do it [...]

2023-04-04T23:56:59-04:00April 4th, 2023|

Mar 25

Nova Good work today! We'll keep reading some new music in lessons but for practice just keep repeating the basic rock beat pattern and paradiddles. The book I was using today is called "tradition of excellence -- percussion" which would be good to purchase. It gives very good written instruction for basics and very simple exercises to start with. Another [...]

2023-03-25T19:46:55-04:00March 25th, 2023|

March 21

Samson Work on improvisation by using a metronome as an anchor for beat 1 and try building off any beats that you already know. Remember to leave more space in your playing so it's not just a blur of sound and just keep everything as steady as possible. Lucas Make sure to practice speaking rhythms before playing them. Do some [...]

2023-03-21T23:27:48-04:00March 21st, 2023|

Feb 28th

Hi everyone, A reminder that I will not be here next week so there will be another teacher. Samson Keep working on Bass drum independence with the exercise from today. Try to work on your double strokes by alternating it with singles and playing for longer periods of time. Practice the etude at 120 and the triplet version of it [...]

2023-02-28T23:50:31-05:00February 28th, 2023|

Feb 21

Samson Practice your triplets at 120 bpm, try to accent them for now sk that you know where the pulse is. Add bass drum to etude 1 and bring the sheet music back for your next lesson. Lucas 240=16th note, 120=8th note, 60=quarter note. No matter what you practice--lesson 2, lesson 6, the drum fill you were playing today, rock [...]

2023-02-21T21:14:38-05:00February 21st, 2023|

Feb 18

Noa Nice meeting you today! If you can get a drum pad, just work on the basic grip I showed you and try to play very evenly. Set a metronome to 80 and try to play along with it daily if possible. Jonah Good work on the xylophone! The piece for Hannaford should be fine, there is a good chance [...]

2023-02-18T12:29:17-05:00February 18th, 2023|

Feb 14

Samson Now that you can comfortably play through the whole piece, work on rhythmic accuracy and your timing. Practicing with a metronome and listening for downbeats seems to help. Turn the metronome to 400 so you can hear all the subdivisions and make sure to really listen. Mess around with the paradiddles and hi-hat pattern I showed you. Remember to [...]

2023-02-14T23:40:02-05:00February 14th, 2023|

Feb 11

Jonah Keep working on the snare etude. J want you to play it for me next ween with as few mistakes as possible, think of it like a test if that helps but still try to have fun with it! Work on your paradiddles the way we did today at the beginning of your lesson. Always practice with a metronome [...]

2023-02-11T12:20:10-05:00February 11th, 2023|

Feb 7

Samson Really good job getting through the snare piece! Let's aim to take it up to 120bpm but work up to it from 100 or whatever youre comfortable with. Only speed up when you're sure you can play with the metronome all the way through and remember to play lightly. Lucas Keep going with the reading exercises. The first one [...]

2023-02-07T21:42:12-05:00February 7th, 2023|

Feb 4

Jonah Try to do the first 8 lines of stick control every day with double stops. Remember to practice with a metronome as much as possible, you have a good sense of rhythm but it could be much more exact. Use slower tempo markings to really make sure you know where everything goes (60-80) and then turn on subdivisions by [...]

2023-02-04T11:53:17-05:00February 4th, 2023|
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