Great week everyone, nice to hear improvement in your playing and to get to know you all a bit better.

 

Katarina

Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: If you could practice the two chords we talked about as well as the first three notes of the C major scale which are C, D, E. Also next week I’m going to clap some rhythms and I want you to clap them back to me.

How to practice it most effectively: Just take your time with the chords and try to have fun and be consistent with your practicing. With those three notes you can have some fun by playing Mary Had A Little Lamb by playing E-D-C-D-E-E-E.

How parents can help: Just ask to hear some of these things that she’s working on. She has a really good ear and as she progresses will become an accomplished musician.

 

Van

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: Next week I want to hear bars 17-25 of the Bach piece. Also the two variations on the D chord. I would also like to hear another one bites the dust up the octave. This will give you a better understanding of the fret board. 

How to practice it most effectively: Practicing with a metronome at 60 bpm will help with your consistency with the Bach piece. If it’s too fast you can slow it down even more. The slower the better. With the D chords try and play along with Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen. 

 

Jayden

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: This week I want you to listen to a couple Eric Clapton songs, especially sunshine of your love. If you listen to a whole album I’ll be even more impressed. Also practice the second part of sunshine of your love, you can try playing along with the song, this is great practice. Lastly work on your C major chord as well as running over Iron Man. I know this is a lot to work on but I think you can handle it.

How to practice it most effectively: Listening is super important. Sit down without anything else, no distractions, and listen to sunshine of your love and ask yourself what you like about it. Also playing along will let you naturally hear how the riff is supposed to sound. 

 

Simon

Recommended minutes to practice: 30 minutes a day

What to practice: C major scale and F major scale in thirds. This can be used as an idea for soloing and will help with technique as well as understanding the fret board. Great job figuring out the roots for House of The Rising Sun, now onto the chords. Thirdly, work on those fancy chords for Fly Me To The Moon, those chords are used not only in Jazz but lots of other contexts like Funk and R’nB. Lastly practice that pentatonic I demonstrated with rest strokes. 

How to practice it most effectively: DO EVERYTHING SLOWLY. Do it slow and then do it even slower. Scowling things down will help so much with getting a better sound as well as playing as quietly as you can. On the topic of slowing down, you can slow down the Youtube video to try and hear the notes better. I also gave you less time to practice a day since I know you’re super busy this week with class.

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