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So far Jeffrey Zhu has created 35 blog entries.

JAN 24

Samson Good work today! I feel like we made quite a breakthrough today making your playing more steady, just try to reinforce it by practicing on your own with a metronome. Remember if you're struggling with something practice it in smaller sections slowly! If you repeat a mistake then fix it immediately by playing a smaller section and making sure [...]

2023-01-24T20:34:19-05:00January 24th, 2023|

Jan 21

Jonah Your rolls are getting a lot better and it is nice that you're remembering scales on the keyboard now. Try to improve your hand-eye coordination by looking at the music when you play instead of memorizing everything. Remember to practice a bit every day and make a routine!

2023-01-21T12:35:06-05:00January 21st, 2023|

Jan 17

Samson Try to refamiliarize yourself with the 16th note grid. Let's focus on relaxed playing and proper form through basic snare exercises, pull out stick control and try to play through it every day. We'll get back to reading music next week. Lucas Keep progressing with the sightreading at the beginning of the lessons, J can tell you've been playing [...]

2023-01-17T20:32:00-05:00January 17th, 2023|

Jan 14

Jonah Recommended practice time: 20-30 min/day What to practice: 5 min stick control as warm up. Practice the etude we've worked on the past 2 lessons. How to practice: Always play with ametronome! Start at 80 bpm and work your way up to 120. Do not repeat mistakes! In order to fix them, learn smaller sections of the piece at [...]

2023-01-14T21:51:35-05:00January 14th, 2023|

Jan 10

Samson All the rudiments you've learned are coming together nicely. The learning process for making breakthroughs is always painful but you're improving a lot these days so keep at it! Really focus on fixing your posture and grip when you play anything. Lucas Main takeaway this week is practice everything with a metronome. Make sure you're actually listening to it [...]

2023-01-10T19:25:44-05:00January 10th, 2023|

Jan 7

Jonah Just learn etude no 1 from today for this week. Add bass drum on every beat if you can. Try to play it like a performance, I want to hear it top to bottom next week. I think 120 should be a reasonable tempo for you but faster or slightly slower is fine. Leo Good work today! Try to [...]

2023-01-07T20:21:41-05:00January 7th, 2023|

Jan 3

Here are the etudes I've been using for some of you: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10Ge9rCczPmU1IEunM5X81VUzmuyy_NbI Since most of you are here to learn kit: just a reminder that any snare exercises we do you can at least add the kick drum for yourself as an additional challenge. It will also help you stay in time in the long run. Samson Work on your [...]

2023-01-03T19:07:50-05:00January 3rd, 2023|

Dec 20

Lucas Your reading has improved significantly since I last saw you! Now we can move on to 8th notes and 16th notes, remember to count the smallest subdivision when reading music: 1 and 2 and... Work on looping the paradiddles form c and d especially and try to learn the drum fill/break from a later chapter.   Leo https://drive.google.com/file/d/17DcAtXwhmt1AN2tEnV9opNd9Zfg6g_F4/view?usp=drivesdk If [...]

2022-12-20T19:27:14-05:00December 20th, 2022|

Dec 18

Lucas You're making good progress through the book now! Keep working on the usual things from the book but this week focus on practicing alternating strokes leading left with an accent. Do this with a metronome at 240 bpm and remember to relax! Try taping your sticks just to remind you where your thumb should be for your grip.   [...]

2022-12-18T13:52:27-05:00December 18th, 2022|

Dec 17

Jonah Good job on the kit today! It's been a while since we've learned a full piece so let's try to play through the incredibles over the next couple lessons. Have fun with it!

2022-12-17T12:06:09-05:00December 17th, 2022|
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