Keep practicing the fills to Arabella. Like we did in the lesson, play through the whole song while playing your hi-hat with your foot on every 8th note and improvising a fill every second bar. Play through it again except now fill on every fourth bar.

Practice the bridge to Arabella to a metronome where each click is an 8th note. start at 70 bpm, then try it at 75 bpm, then 80, etc., until you get to 90 bpm.


Practice the 16th-note drum beats “straight” to Paradise by Coldplay (or other songs you like) and swung to Believer by Imagine Dragons (or other songs you like, as long as they’re swung).

Play alternating (left, right, left, right, etc.) 16th-notes on the snare drum while accenting the notes that correspond to the bass drum patterns from the 16th-note drum beats. This seems complicated but we did it in our lesson. For now, just play it “straight”.


Practice 6/8 beats along to Oh! Darling by the Beatles, Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Gravity by John Mayer. Count out loud. Play the ride cymbal instead of the hi-hat. Conserve as much energy as possible by not doing unnecessarily big strokes; use your wrists more than your arms. Bring the drums close enough to you so that you don’t have to stretch your arms out straight to hit them.