Hi Everyone, Welcome Back!!!! Super excited to be teaching you guys again this fall!


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 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!



How many minutes to practice: 30

What to practice: I think Paranoid Android could be really fun to start working on! Here is the transcription and a link to the music 

How to practice effectively: What I have so far is through the second chorus. The whole song up until that point is the same beat played on the hi-hat in the intro and verse and on the ride in the chorus. The x’s on the snare line are rim knocks which is when you lay the stick on the drum and lift the stick to let it down and make a sound on the rim, it probably isn’t doable on your electric kit. The beat may take some practice so take it nice and slow! Try the right hand, then with the bass drum, then with the snare drum.



How many minutes to practice: 30

What to practice: This week Jonah I want to hear you play up to the pre-chorus in Rock With You, play through Gallop, and this new exercise Accent Tap

How to practice effectively: For Rock with You, just take the time to work out that last fill before the verse, then just go slowly through the rest and play along with the song! 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.



How many minutes to practice: 15-30

What to practice: Get Rock With You up to the pre-chorus.

How to practice effectively: Remember, after the first measure, you play the beat 8 times, and on the 8th time you play the fill we worked on today before going into the 8th note beat in the verse. For the fill remember to lead to the snare drum with the left hand so you don’t get tangled up.



How many minutes to practice: 30

What to practice: This week Sylvie I want you to practice the first part of So Much to Say up to the bridge.

How to practice effectively: Practice the main beat a bunch and then get used to playing the pre-chorus section with the crash. Go slowly and count out loud as much as possible, it will help you keep the timing straight. Then when you’re ready to play it faster, try it with the song and be sure to count carefully and nail the transition to the pre-chorus!