Recommended Practice Time: 15-30mins every day

What to practice: This week I want you to focus on practicing the hand exercises for Lesson 4 as well as combining the beats together.

How to practice effectively: For the hand exercises try to start and stop your stokes about 6 inches above the drum and count out loud by saying “R” and “L”. For the beats keep counting out loud like we were doing today and don’t be afraid to do a lot of repetitions, try to see how much you can relax while playing them!

The beats are coming together!!! Really great work Lucas, keep it up!  



Recommended Practice Time: 30mins every day

What to practice: REST!

How to rest effectively: Read a book, walk outside, listen to music, think about what other songs you want to play! Enjoy your free time!  



Recommended practice time: 30mins every day

What to practice: This week 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: 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.

Thanks for your good work today Jonah!  



Recommended practice time: 30mins every day

What to practice: Next week I want to hear you play the single stroke speed exercise and the groove for Rock with You at 115 bpm!

How to practice: Always remember to relax and keep the hands moving! This week I want you to focus on using less arm in your stroke and more wrist. And remember to keep your stick heights lower!! It will help you play so much faster. For the groove start with the hands and then add the bass drum, keep everything relaxed and low and you should be able to maintain the speed of it pretty easily!

The speed is starting to come together! Keep the energy up!  



Recommended practice time: 30mins every day

What to practice: This week I want you to play the Reading section from Lesson 10  with your bass drum on every quarter note. In addition I want you to be ready to play through the rock breaks as well!

How to practice effectively: Counting is your friend!! It can be helpful to count the rhythms vocally before playing them and counting while you play is also super helpful. Playing with the metronome will be really helpful with lining up your bass drum since it will be on the same beats. For the rock beats just go slowly and take the time to work out the rhythms as accurately as possible!

Really good work Sylvie! It was also awesome to see your Scratch creation lol