Lucas

Recommended Practice Time: 15-30mins every day

What to practice: This week I want you to write in the counts for the reading for Lesson 5 in addition to working on the beats!

How to practice effectively: For the reading just write the counts in above the lines like we’ve been doing and then count out loud while you practice them! For the beats its also super important to count out loud while you learn them, then when you’ve gotten better at them you can count in your head!

The lesson 4 beats sounded fantastic today Lucas, its so awesome to hear your improvement!!  

 

Ella

Recommended Practice Time: 30mins every day

What to practice: Work on these beats and fills for Michelle 

How to practice effectively: Practice beat 1 a good bit, and then when you’re comfortable try going back and forth between beat 2. Then start adding in some of these fills, focus on taking the rhythms and then orchestrating them around the drums. You could even try to listen and pick up what exactly they’re playing on the recording. The goal is to be able to play along with the song freely and get used to the 6/8 feel.

Super fun playing with you today Ella, thanks for a great song!!  

 

Jonah

Recommended practice time: 30mins every day

What to practice: This week Jonah I want you to write in the counts for the Lesson 11 reading in your book and work on the first beats for Starlight.

How to practice effectively: Please write the counts in this week!! Remember that for Lesson 11, with the tied notes, only the first note is played and the length of the second gets added to the first. For the first half just write 1 2 3 4 over the quarter notes but for the second half write in 1+2+3+4+ for the eighth notes. Then counting and playing it will be a cinch! For Starlight, keep working on the beats and playing with the song! Here is a form chart of the song as well as the recording of the song.

Sorry for all the interruptions today Jonah, good job focusing towards the end!  

 

Samson

Recommended practice time: 30mins every day

What to practice: This week I want you to play the single stroke speed exercise and the groove for Rock with You at 115 bpm as well as working up to the pre-chorus in the song.

How to practice: Warmup by practicing the speed exercise, then start with the hands on the hi-hat in the groove, then once you’re ready add the bass drum, and then the snare drum. Your tendency is to slow down when you have all of that together so be sure to relax and conserve as much energy as possible, making sure to use your wrists more than your arms and keeping the heights nice and low. When you feel good in the groove try working further in the transcription and maybe even play along to the song!

Theres so much improvement each week, keep pushing!  

 

Sylvie

Recommended practice time: 30mins every day

What to practice: This week I want you to work on the last two lines from the Lesson 10  Reading section with your bass drum on every quarter note. After that work on the rock breaks!

How to practice effectively: You’ve basically got the rhythms down, its just about getting them consistent and to the point of second nature. Think about your bass drum grounding everything your hands are doing, and make sure that its only playing on the down beats and not on random rests.

Glad we could fix your seat today Sylvie! Also thank you for blessing us with a new emoji

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