Recommended Practice Time: 15-30mins

What to practice: This week Lucas I want you to continue working through Lesson 1 out of Reading, Rudiments, and Rock Drumming by Joel Rothman. Its a book we will be using quite a bit so it may be a good idea to buy it.

How to practice effectively: Now that we’ve got some counting and music notation review under our belt, its time to practice clapping and counting each of the lines in the Reading section. Next week we will talk more about basic drum beat notation and some hand patterns.

Really great job today keeping track of a lot of new information, learning to read music is not easy at first!


Recommended Practice Time: 30mins

What to practice: This week lets finish Violent Sun!. Here is the transcription and here is the form chart.

How to practice effectively: Really awesome playing today Ella, its a tough song and its really coming together. This week just focus on working through the rest of the song with the bridge and the last chorus and outro. I would keep it simple and try to stay playing it at 75% speed but if you want to when you’re comfortable enough try playing it full speed! Here is a video of me playing the chorus for audio/visual reference and here is a video of the drummer Michael Spearman playing the song.

And here is some fun listening if you’re interested:

Imogen Heap, Speak for Yourself

Muse, Black Holes and Revelations

So cool to see you killing this song Ella, keep it up!


Recommended practice time: 30mins

What to practice: Next week Jonah I want you to come prepared to be attentive and focused when we need to be. I want to finish going through the fills in Lesson 8 as well as going through the reading one more time as well.

How to practice effectively: Know that when I’m talking or giving instructions we need to have our sticks down, not drumming, I think that will save us a lot of time. For Lesson 8 try coming up with different ways to orchestrate the fills and go through the reading a couple more times as well.

Thanks for your energy Jonah, I’ve always loved that about our lessons, now just to harness it a little bit!


Recommended practice time: 30mins

What to practice: Next week Samson, I want you to play through the rest of Lesson 6.

How to practice effectively: Work through all parts of the lesson keeping in mind for the reading portion the arrow position of the sticks on the snare drum and starting and stopping each stroke 6 inches above the drum. Be sure to count and play the whole thing with solid, steady time.

Good work counting and playing today, I’m also glad we got your pedals into a better position!


Recommended practice time: 30mins

What to practice: This week Sylvie I want you to focus on getting comfortable with Beat B in the pre-chorus of Starlight as well as Beat C so that you can try and work through the whole song. Here are the transcriptions of the beats. And here is a form chart of the song.

How to practice effectively: Follow along to the beats in each section listening to the music first. Then practice each beat slowly and repeatedly until you get the hang of it. Then trying playing it with the song at 0.75 speed, then you can try it at full speed though you may need to practice it continually at a few different tempos in between. Once you feel confident in each section, try stitching it all together and see how much of the song you can get through!

Really great work today!