Hi everyone, it was great to see you all again yesterday! Thanks for working with me, Jonny will be very happy to see the progress we are making! Here is what I would like for you to work on for next time.

Sylvie- Try playing the 16th note open hi hat beats one after another. First, repeat each one 4 times then go on to the next one. Eventually, try to play through each one with no repeats and no stopping. Also, get the Get Used To It beat up to the actual song tempo, then you can play along with the song! Lastly, if you want, gather some instruments so we can do some improvising next time.

Jonthan- Here is a link to the sheet we were working out of yesterday (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_J3C97XTs-J1SCMUoSg_7C4KqQ9gCXPp/view?usp=sharing). From the Latin page, please work on Mambo, Bossa Nova, and Rhumba. From the Afro Reggae page, work on Afrocuban, Nanigo, and Samba Reggae. Remember the two ways to approach these (one instrument at a time and figuring out how they interlock, and cutting it up into smaller pieces then bringing them together). Some of them will certainly be tough at first but give it a little bit of time and you’ll have them down no problem.

Will- Try playing the 16th note open hi hat beats one after another. First, repeat each one 4 times then go on to the next one. Eventually, try to play through each one with no repeats and no stopping. For fun, throw in some fills when it feels musical. Here is the chart that Jonny wrote out for Watermelon Man (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xUMwcehd-hI2cW6jkCpKxp0jC-O6zSay/view?usp=sharing). Try to learn each beat on the page individually, then we’ll start to put them all together.

Jonah- Keep making up new beats and fills! This week, I want to hear even longer fills. Also, please work on this page (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y1Skf9t9pyb-7bCA1tF_uEAvMciW-nSU/view?usp=sharing). Play each line on the snare drum first, then play it arouind the kit as a fill.

Noah- As a warm up, practice these triplet patterns on the snare drum. The underlined letter is where the metronome clicks.
RLL RLL, LLR LLR, LRL LRL, RRL RRL, LRR LRR, RLR RLR. This video should help explaion a little better (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_YoBgH-dEZTg8k8uRgfsejiWahQ084wa/view?usp=sharing).
The goal is to have every note sound the same, even though the sticking changes. After your warm up, try playing along with Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door in your headphones. Now that you can play all of the material in the song, the best part is playing along with the band!

Samson- This week, work on the 8th note open hi hat beats. Try playing them across the row, meaning 1 and 2 together as one beat, then 3 and 4 together, and so on. Also, work on the 48 bar exercise by playing the rhythms on the snare drum first, then around the rest of the kit as a fill.

Aidan- Sorry we had to cut early this week, we’ll add some time to the next lesson to make up for it. It has made my life ten times better to have an ethernet cable now that the world is online. You may need an adapter for your computer to make it work but it will make all of your online meetings a lot more stable in the future. For practice, try to look at the 16th note open hi hat beats with the new accent pattern (Accents on beats, ghost notes on off beats). Also, try to use the snare drum triplet exercise as a warm up. The underlined letter is where the metronome clicks.
RLL RLL, LLR LLR, LRL LRL, RRL RRL, LRR LRR, RLR RLR. I made a video to explaion these two things a bit better (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WPLD-QvM7oMZ66tnLGt_3ga-ADo2NAXJ/view?usp=sharing).

Thanks a lot for the great lessons and I will see you all next week!
Pino

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