Eamon

Recommended minutes to practice: 30 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep playing the chords for Don’t Stop Me Now and also try and perfect the melody, you’ve got it down pretty well but I want it to be perfect and we’ll start the solo next week. Also try and find some stuff to practice your sight reading with, there are lots of good free PDFs online of random single note sight reading. Clarinet etudes are great.

How to practice it most effectively: Playing along with the track and try to lock into Freddies vibrato. Also when sight reading make sure to scan the page quickly for hard parts and figure it out and then give the whole thing a go.

 

Andrea 

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Next week we’ll start learning our Christmas tune. When you’re practicing try to review some of the sections in the Hal Leonard book just so you have a strong grasp of those older concepts. I think you’re right hand is getting better and better, practice makes perfect. Seven nation army was sounding really good and we almost have it up to speed, next week we’ll play that and smells like teen spirit.  Also practice switching between Am and Em.

How to practice it most effectively: Play along with the recordings at a slower speed, also try to review book 1 sections with a metronome, I know it’s tough but you’ll be so much better.

 

Clara

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Work on naming the notes of C major and see if you can name the notes of D major. Also work on playing D major in thirds. In addition, work on playing Good 4 u in BOTH keys, I still want you to be able to grab that E major chord pretty quickly. Also listen to Dream a Little Dream of Me, maybe even try and figure out the chords. 

How to practice it most effectively: Saying the notes while you play them for the scales would be a helpful exercise to help you visualize where the notes are on the neck, also playing along with Olivia Rodrigo would be amazing as well, even with the simpler strumming pattern.

 

Killian

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep on playing stand by me, you’re totally killing that tune. Secondly, practice One Love by Bob Marley and try to get that strumming pattern down. Thirdly, work on those new chords Bb and Eb.

How to practice it most effectively: Count out loud while doing the strumming pattern, also strum quietly, I think you’re putting too much power into your strums.

 

Isaac Smith

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: You did such a great job on wish you were here!!! So much progress in so little time, you should be proud!! Keep on playing through it and we’ll work on the strumming pattern and the melody a bit. Secondly, work on the the extended C major scale but played in thirds, try this in F also. Lastly, work on playing On The Road Again playing the bass line and that strumming pattern with the finger. 

How to practice it most effectively: You’ve been taking my advice of playing along with the track which is great it’s totally paid off, now play the bass line along with willie nelson. Also maybe try to play your scales and triads with a metronome.

 

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