Lucas

How many minutes to practice: 15-30

What to practice: This week Lucas I want you to play the first four beats of Lesson 5 8 times each without looking at the music the whole time, I know you can do it!

How to practice effectively: First look at the beat, see if you can figure out how it might sound just by looking at it. Then give it a shot playing it and counting out loud. If its too tricky, then slow it down and try the limbs separately. First start by playing the hi-hat and counting. Then figure out what beats the bass drum plays and then try playing the bass drum with the hi-hat. Then, once those are good together, try adding the snare drum! Once you’ve played it at least 8 times really well, try looking at the beat once before you play and then close the book!

 

Ella

How many minutes to practice: 30

What to practice: Play Paranoid Android at tempo with the song up until the bridge. Here is the transcription and a link to the music 

How to practice effectively: Good work today! Try working on these practice beats for Paranoid Android. And check here for a video of me playing the beat that I’m going to post soonThe practice beats will help you work on relaxing your bass drum foot and iron out the kinks. This beat is pretty linear, which means that not a lot of your limbs are playing at the same time, so you want the rhythm to sound as fluid as possible.

 

Jonah

How many minutes to practice: 30

What to practice: This week Jonah I want to play through Rock With You, Gallop, and this new exercise Accent Tap

How to practice effectively: Really good work with Rock With You today Jonah! That transition is hard but not too hard for you! You started getting it towards the end, so keep working on this exercise to help with it. I’m also going to post a video here of me playing what we covered this week shortly, so keep checking the assignment. For Gallop take a look at this video I made. Here the goal is good, solid doubles without too much tension. For Accent Tap, think about playing the accented notes (the ones with this marking >) loudly, with the stick nice and high, and then the non-accented notes really soft, with the stick only about an inch off the drum. This exercise will help you relax on the beat for Rock With You.

 

Samson

How many minutes to practice: 15-30

What to practice: Get Rock With You up to tempo through the prechorus.

How to practice effectively: Things sounded pretty solid today Samson, now just keep the 16th notes on the hi-hat relaxed so that you can start getting closer to the tempo of the song. Work on the beat in the pre-chorus and the transition into it so next week we can try and play up to there with the song!

 

Sylvie

How many minutes to practice: 30

What to practice: This week Sylvie I want you to practice So Much to Say with the new fill and the new section at the bridge.

How to practice effectively: You’ve done some great work on this song so far Sylvie, now I want you to internalize things a little bit more and see if you can get through the stuff you already know without counting. Try listening to the song more than you’re listening to yourself right now. For the fill, work on it slowly by itself, and then faster within the context of the beat. The section at the bridge is a bit tricky but if you take it slowly you can get a good start on it for next week!

 

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