Hey everyone,

To help you remember to fill out your practise logs, do it right after you finish practising. You can even fill it out as you’re practising. Please bring them to every lesson.

Rob

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Ezra

Best Song Ever patterns

  • Practice with a metronome. The clicks are 8th notes. Start at 90 bpm. Once you have played through all the patterns, do it again but with the metronome at 100 bpm. Then at 110, etc., until you get to 140. Don’t go faster than that.
  • Count 8th notes out loud as you play.
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the pattern.

Basic Beats + fills

  • Using the “Basic Beats” patterns, play 2 bars of the pattern followed by 2 bars of filling. I want you to improvise the fills (make them up on the spot). We did something similar in our lesson a few weeks ago. To keep your fills simple, you can start by playing quarter notes around the drums set. Then, try using a combination of quarter notes and rests. Then, try adding in 8th notes. Experiment.
  • Play along to What I Like by Bruno Mars.

Elora

Basic Beats

  • Count 8th notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
  • Play along to a metronome at 90 bpm (beats for minute). If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one. Each click is an 8th note – “1” (click), “and” (click), “2” (click), “and” (click), “3” (click), “and” (click), “4” (click), “and” (click).
  • Once you have played through all the patterns, play them again but with the metronome at 100 bpm. Then at 110, etc., until you get to 140. You can try going even faster but it’s up to you.
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the patterns.

Isobel

Basic Beats

  • Count 8th notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the patterns.
  • Play patterns 1 – 4. Then 5 – 9. Then 1 – 9. Then 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. Then 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • Play along to a metronome at 90 bpm (beats for minute). If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one. Each click is an 8th note – “1” (click), “and” (click), “2” (click), “and” (click), “3” (click), “and” (click), “4” (click), “and” (click).
  • Next, play along to Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Ewan

Here is a new practice log. Also, here is the Believer worksheet. You forgot the original at our lesson.

Believer

  • Play the first two patterns.
  • Count triplets out loud as you play.
  • Count one bar of triplets before you start playing the patterns.
  • Play along to a metronome where each click is a triplet – “1” (click), “trip” (click), “let” (click), “2” (click), etc. If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one.
  • Play both patterns at 110 bpm (beats per minute). Once you’re comfortable with that tempo (speed), try playing them at 120 bpm. Then 130, etc., until you get to 150. You don’t need to go faster than that but you can if you want.
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