Recommended Practice Time: 30mins

What to practice: Work through the chorus of the Violent Sun transcription.

How to practice effectively: Go through each measure of the transcription in the chorus and break it down as much as you need. Here is a video of me playing it for audio/visual reference.

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

Imogen Heap, Speak for Yourself

Muse, Black Holes and Revelations

Great work this week Ella, can’t wait to see Gerard next week?


Recommended practice time: 15mins

What to practice: Next week Jonah I want to hear you play along to Them Changes and I also want to work on some more variations on the fill we learned today.

How to practice effectively: Listen to the song and play through it everyday, try to feel the music as much as you can. Then with the fill we learned today, try to add it to as many beats as you can, we’ll be working on some new stuff next week!

Great stuff today Jonah!


Recommended practice time: 30mins

What to practice: Next week Samson I want you to hear you play through all of Mario Beatbox, specifically focusing on the first two lines and making sure that all of the repetitions are correct.

How to practice effectively: You’ve got a good handle on the beats in Mario Beatbox but there’s another level of detail that we can get to by focusing on the amount of times each repeat happens and making sure that we get all the bars of rest in there. Do this by going line by line and practicing each line correctly, slowly. Then try playing it with the song at 75% speed.

Don’t be afraid to push yourself Sampson! I know that you can tighten up these details!


Recommended practice time: 30mins

What to practice: This week Sylvie I want you to focus on getting the Starlight beat up to tempo with the song. I want you to also play through Lesson 8 as well next week.

How to practice effectively: For Starlight just build up the beat from the bass drum, to the low tom, to the snare drum just like we did today. Then focus on getting comfortable with that beat and playing it at tempo with the song. With Lesson 8 work through the reading and the beats, don’t worry about the hand exercises right now.

Great to see your progress!


Recommended practice time: 30mins

What to practice: This week I want you keep working on the coordination exercise, aim to get through the whole thing, as well as work through Lesson 1 and Lesson 2.

How to practice effectively: For the coordination exercise, continue isolating the patterns that give you difficulty. Repeat them, memorize them, engrain those patterns so that playing them is second nature. Then string them together and push towards playing the whole thing. For the Lessons I want you to clap and count the reading exercises and then once you feel comfortable with that try them on the drum looking for good strokes that start and stop at the top and good timing. We’re going to be using this book quite a bit so its not a bad idea for a purchase.

Heres an album I really like:

This is My Hand, by My Brightest Diamond

Great work today hacking through through that pattern today Paulina, I love your focus and work ethic!