Ella

Recommended Practice Time: 30mins

What to practice: Next week I would like to hear the coordination exercise with two songs of differing tempos, you can either use the first two songs in this playlist or use two songs you like with similar tempos. Also I would like you to run through 10:15 Saturday Night as well.

How to practice effectively: With the coordination exercise, the key will be to isolate and practice the difficult patterns and transitions slowly (specifically the 3rd and 4th lines) and then go back and try bigger chunks. Get it pretty solid with the slower song before moving to the faster one and see if you can stay focused on playing while still grooving with the song.

Listening Assignment: Check out this Muse album this week!

Muse, Black Holes and Revelations

There’s some good progress with the coordination exercise this week, keep working on it everyday until you don’t even have to think about the stickings!

Jonah

Recommended practice time: 15mins

What to practice: This week Jonah I would like to hear the second half of the Lesson 5 Reading, first clapping and counting and then playing. I really would like to hear you nail this next week. And if that’s the case we can move onto some new beats and fills next week!

How to practice effectively: I think the way we tried today will be helpful: count the eighth notes 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + and then clap the rhythm, work to get it where you can play through each line smoothly and accurately. Then try transitioning to playing it on the drum. I know this is trickier than memorizing beats, but if you can develop the patience and ability to read unfamiliar rhythms well, then you’ll be able to play anything!

It was impressive hearing you breeze through the Lesson 5 beats man, thats some great stuff. Now keep working hard on these Reading exercises and soon it’ll be just as easy for you!

Samson

Recommended practice time: 15mins

What to practice: Next week Samson I want to hear you play through all of Crab Rave 2.0 in time and with good listening. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ftUXzChBoqx5DEHxrzhVO7its0877-TL/view?usp=sharing

How to practice effectively: You made some great progress on this dude, now just keep working on listening while you’re playing, feeling the groove, and staying with the track. To go to the extra level, record yourself with your phone or other device while you’re playing, and try to feel if you get off and notice where it happened. Then, check the recording and see if you were right and find out whether you were were rushing or dragging. The idea is to build a strong sense of time, and be able to feel immediately when you are getting off from the music and acquire the instincts to know how to correct it!

Hey dude keep pushing and honing in on this tune, it was awesome to see you play through the whole thing. Try to get some more good practice in and then next week we can start on some new stuff!

Sylvie

Recommended practice time: 30mins

What to practice: This week Sylvie I want you to new coordination warmup and play it with the Red Hot Chili Peppers song in this playlist or with another song of your choice at a similar tempo

How to practice effectively: Work through the tricky patterns SLOWLY and be sure to line up the hands with the feet properly. Again, each sticking pattern can be repeated as much as you want before moving on. The idea is to warmup your hands by playing different patterns while grooving along to the time you’re keeping in your feet. Also don’t forget to keep the tips of your sticks in a nice arrow and start and end each stroke about 6in above the drum head for this exercise.

Keep up the awesome work Sylvie, I can’t wait to hear the improvement next week!

Paulina

Feel better and get some good, quality, at-night sleep this week!!

Here’s some more fun listening for you this week!

Cream, Disraeli Gears

Erykah Badu, Baduizm

Mutemath, Mutemath

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