Hi everyone! Great work today, thanks for working hard this term! It has been a pleasure getting to know you all and your individual musical styles. Here is what I would like for you to practice over break.

Aidan- Practice scales up to 4 sharps and flats every day for memory. Say the key, list the accidentals in the key signature, name the arpeggio, then play. If you are ever unsure of a key, just look it up online and there will be hundreds of resources to tell you what the key signature is. Remember that only daily practice will allow you to internalize this information, so make sure you get to it every day. It may be tough and tinme consumingat first, but once it is memorized it will only take about 3 minutes to go through all if it.

Jonathan- Over break listen to Let her Go and Clocks a bunch of times, so that you memorise the structure of the songs. For Clocks, practice the transitions between the ride, closed hi hat, and open hi hat. For kick drum speed, work on playing heel toe in these triplet patterns (RLL, LLR, and LRL). Play through each pattern for about 5 minutes each with a metronome. Start around 60 bpm, and increase by 4 clicks every day.

Harry- Think of what songs you would like to play in the beginning of the new year.

Sam- Think of the type of music you want to make, and select a few songs. Listen to them and try to recreate them with your own style on Garage Band. Take the time to look at some Garage Band tutorials, and learn to use the software. A great thing to do is watch people create a track, and follow along making your own track using all of the same tools.

Ali- Practice Lesson 6 if you can before Tuesday.

I hope you all have a fantastic break, I’ll see you soon!