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B.Ed. Music (York U)
B.A. (University of Guelph)

Rob is a drummer and composer, specializing in jazz, free music, R&B, funk and folk music. He has composed for and recorded with the likes of Bolete, Emily & the Mainlanders, Vulpis Vulpis, Sam Keshen and the Vybe Tribe. He is currently completing York University’s Bachelor of Education program, after which he will be a certified high school music teacher.

Rob’s approach to teaching uses the interests of his students as media for learning musical concepts and techniques. Together, he and his students extract lessons from a list of songs and genres that the student puts together. Rob develops his students’ “ear” for aural learning as well as their ability learn from written notation. Composition and improvisation are ongoing focuses of his teaching.

Get to know TEACHER…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: exercising, reading

Musical influences: ?Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, River Tiber, Miles Davis, John Mayer, D’Angelo

Favourite food: ?Chinese

Least favourite food: ?Sardines!

Favourite music: ?R&B

Favourite song: ?Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

Favourite movie: ? Zoolander

Favourite movie music: The Garden State soundtrack is top notch.

Favourite musical theatre/opera: I have yet to find one I like!

Best quote from your teacher: “Thinking is for practicing, not performing.”

Favourite quote: ?”Only the Sith deal in absolutes.” – Obi Wan

Favourite book: ?The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn

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MAY 8-14 HOMEWORK

Hey friends,

Don’t forget to bring your practise logs to every lesson. This week, I want you all to include time for “free play” in your practising. This is time to just have pure fun on the drums. Do what ever you’d like! Some things I like to do for free play when I’m practising are create new drum beats or play along to songs I like. Please include free play in your practise logs if it is something you did that day.

Rob

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Kaden

Same homework as last week.

Mateo

Same homework as last week except instead of playing along to the Spongebob song, play along to a metronome (which can be slower than the Spongebob song). Put the metronome to 70 bpm (beats per minute). Count the clicks with “1 and 2 and”. Each click is a note – 1 (click), and (click), 2 (click), and (click). When you can play the patterns at that speed, put the metronome to 75 bpm and do it again. When you can do that, play the patterns at 80 bpm. Keep getting faster until you get to 100.

Ella

Same homework as last week except try to play as fast as you can with the metronome. I want to know the exact bpm number that is your fastest.

Sylvie

Same homework as last week except play the “1 and 2 and” pattern along to a metronome starting at 70 bpm. Count the clicks with “1 and 2 and”. Each click is a note – 1 (click), and (click), 2 (click), and (click). When you can play the patterns at that speed, put the metronome to 75 bpm and do it again. When you can do that, play the patterns at 80 bpm. Keep getting faster until you get to 100.

 

MAY 2-7 HOMEWORK

Hey everyone,

Don’t forget to fill out your homework log. Happy practising.

Rob

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Kaden

In our lesson, we talked about prioritizing playing in time with the recording/band, even if it’s flawed. The worst thing you can do is be out of sync with whoever or whatever you’re playing with. There is one good way to play in time consistently: listen. Listen really hard. In a group setting, your playing is not as important to listening because your best playing can only come from listening. If you can’t listen because you can’t hear what other people (or the recording) are playing, you need to play quieter. Playing quiet is harder than playing loud – I know, so let’s start working on it now.

Basic Beats 5 – 7 (Play along to All Time Low by Jon Bellion)

Triplet Exercises

  • At first, play along to “Gravity” by John Mayer; the hi-hat in the recording is playing triplets.
  • As you get better, play along to a faster tune: “Texas Flood” by Stevie Rae Vaughan.
  • This will help you to get started with playing jazz. Triplets are essential to jazz.
  • The blue text is what you should count as you play.
  • Play the bass drum on every quarter note, even though it’s not written on the page.
  • Play the hi-hat with your foot on beats “2” and “4”.
  • You can play which ever drum (or drums) you want with your hands.
  • Pattern 1: These are called 8th-note triplets. Alternate your sticking (R-L-R-L, etc.).
  • Pattern 2: Right hand only, but tap the rests on your thigh with your left hand.
  • Pattern 3: Sounds the same as Pattern 2, but written as quarter-note triplets (two 8th notes = 1 quarter note, so two 8th-note triplets = 1 quarter note triplet).
  • Pattern 4: Right hand only.
  • Pattern 5: The green letters below the notes indicate the sticking (left hand/right hand)

Mateo

If your mom has any questions about renting a drum kit, she should call the school. They would be happy to help and answer any questions. You must have a drum kit to practise on. A lot of the progress we make in lessons is lost if you don’t practise for a whole week.

“1, 2” Pattern

  • Play along to this: 
  • Count “1, 2” out loud. You should be counting at the same speed that they sing “Sponge-bob-square-pants!” (count “1” on “sponge” and “square,” and “2” on “bob” and “pants”. Be sure not to only count during that section of the song; you should be counting throughout.

“1 + 2 +” (1 and 2 and) Pattern

  • When you see a plus sign (+), it just means “and”.
  • Count “1 + 2 +” out loud.
  • Play the hi-hat on everything (1, and, 2, and).
  • When you’re ready, add the bass drum on beat 1.
  • When you’re ready, add the snare drum on beat 2.

Ella

Activity 1:

Play all Basic Beats along to Hotel California.

Activity 2:

This exercise will give you the hand speed you need to play Hotel California comfortably and confidently. Using the finger technique, play one bar (four beats) of 16th notes on the hi-hat with your right hand followed by one bar of quarter notes. Once you have mastered this, play two bars of 16th notes followed by two bars of quarter notes. Then do four bars each.

Play along to a metronome at 55 bpm (beats per minute). If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one. Remember: the metronome is clicking the quarter notes and there are four 16th notes in a quarter note, so you must play four 16th notes every click. Once you’re comfortable playing at 55 bpm, move up to 60. Once you’re comfortable at 60, move up to 65. Then 70. Then 75. Don’t go higher than that.

Activity 3:

Play along to the recording of Hotel California. You don’t need to play it exactly like they do. You don’t have to do drum fills or hit the crash cymbal if you don’t want to, but at least play the main beat.

Sylvie

Great job on keeping the hi-hat closed with your left foot!

Remember to only move your wrists when you hit the drums. When playing the bass drum, always keep your foot on the pedal and bend your ankle when you want to hit it. Only move your ankle – not your whole leg

Activity 1: “1 + 2 +” (1 and 2 and) Pattern

  • When you see a plus sign (+), it just means “and”.
  • Count “1 + 2 +” out loud.
  • Play the hi-hat on everything (1, and, 2, and).
  • When you’re ready, add the bass drum on beat 1.
  • When you’re ready, add the snare drum on beat 2.

Activity 2: Single and Double Stroke Rolls

  • Practice your single stroke and double stroke rolls. Play along to a metronome. See how fast you can get them!

April 24 Lesson

Hey friends,

Unfortunately we didn’t get anything together to perform at this session’s recital, but come on by this Sunday from noon to 3:00 at 225 Geary Avenue to see some of the other students play. Attendance for all students is mandatory. I’ll be there! More information can be found at https://music-lessons.ca/2018-spring-recital-summer-fall-registration-and-more/. Happy practicing.

-Rob

Kaden

Your homework is the same as last week’s.

Mateo

Your homework is the same as last week’s.

Ella

Practice time: 30 min/day

  1. Basic Beats 5-7
  2. Play 16th notes on the hi-hat with your right hand along to a metronome at 55 bpm (beats per minute). Remember: the metronome is clicking the quarter notes and there are four 16th notes in a quarter note, so you must play four 16th notes every click. Once you’re comfortable playing at 55 bpm, move up to 60. Once you’re comfortable at 60, move up to 65. Then 70. Then 75. Don’t go higher than that. This exercise will give you the hand speed you need to play Hotel California comfortably and confidently.
  3. Play along to the recording of Hotel California. You don’t need to play it exactly like they do. You don’t have to do drum fills or hit the crash cymbal if you don’t want to, but at least play the main beat.

Sylvie

Your homework is the same as last week’s except I also want you to practice double strokes.

Practice them along to a metronome – just like the single strokes except you’ll need to hit the drum 2 times when you hear a click. Start with the metronome at 60 and then increase the speed (like last week).

April 17 Lesson

Hey everyone,

David will be teaching lessons again this Tuesday, but I’ll be back the week after. Miss you!

Rob

Kaden

Practice time: 45 min/day

Basic Beats 5 – 7 (Play along to All Time Low by Jon Bellion)

Triplets worksheet

  • This will help you with Seven Nation Army.
  • The blue text is what you should count as you play.
  • Play the bass drum on every quarter note, even though it’s not written on the page.
  • Pattern 1: These are called 8th-note triplets. Alternate your sticking (R-L-R-L, etc.).
  • Pattern 2: Right hand only, but tap the rests on your thigh with your left hand.
  • Pattern 3: Sounds the same as Pattern 2, but written as quarter-note triplets (two 8th notes = 1 quarter note, so two 8th-note triplets = 1 quarter note triplet).
  • Pattern 4: Right hand only.
  • Pattern 5: The green letters below the notes indicate the sticking.

Mateo

Practice time: 20 min/day

The following exercises should be played along to:

 

Count “1, 2” out loud. You should be counting at the same speed that they sing “Sponge-bob-square-pants!” (count “1” on “sponge” and “square,” and “2” on “bob” and “pants”. Be sure not to only count during that section of the song; you should be counting throughout.

Exercises

  • Play the hi-hats with your left hand each time you say a number.
  • Then, only play the hi-hats and bass drum as you say “1”.
  • Then, only play the hi-hats and snare drum as you say “2”.
  • Then, play the hi-hats and bass drum on “1,” AND the hi-hats and snare drum on “2”.

Ella

Practice time: 30 min/day

While playing along to Hotel California, practice:

  • Basic Beats 5-7
  • 3 bars of the main beat, followed by a fill of your choosing in the 4th bar. Repeat without stopping. Try different fills.
  • With your right hand on the hi-hat, play 4 bars of 16th notes (1 e + a, 2 e + a, 3 e + a, 4 e + a) followed by 4 bars of quarter notes. Repeat.

Sylvie

Practice: 20 min/day

Single-Stroke Roll

  • Practice the single-stroke roll with a metronome. Each time you hear a click, you should hit the drum. If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one.
  • The number tells you how fast the clicks are. I want you to start at 90 and once you feel comfortable playing the roll at that speed, go to 95. Keep going up by 5 until you can’t play any faster.

“1, 2” beat

  • Count “1, 2” out loud.
  • Play the hi-hat with your right hand each time you say a number.
  • When you’re comfortable with only playing the hi-hat, add in the bass drum as you say “1”.
  • When you feel comfortable playing the hi-hat and bass drum, also add in the snare drum as you say “2”.

April 10 Lesson

Hey everyone!

For those of you new to my homework posts, you should know that I include every student’s homework in each post. Unfortunately, our posting system does not allow for only individual homework to be sent. Each student’s homework has its own section in the post and will be labelled by name.

Xyler

Practice time: 30 min/day

Practice Overview:

  • Memorize names of drums
  • Exercise 1: R L
  • Exercise 2: L R
  • Exercise 3: Feet

Memorize the names of the drums – 5 minutes

Warm-up – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun!

Exercise 1 – 5 minutes

  • Count “1, 2, 3, 4” out loud. Continue to count throughout the rest of the exercises.
  • On the snare drum, play R (right hand), L (left hand), R, L, R, L, etc. Play each note at the same time you say a number.
  • Then, do the same thing but on the closed hi-hats (push the pedal down with your left foot).
  • Then, do the same thing on each tom-tom and the floor tom.

Exercise 2 – 5 minutes

  • Repeat Exercise 1, but starting with the left hand (L, R, L, R, etc.).

Break – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun.

Exercise 3 – 5 minutes

  • Count “1, 2, 3, 4” out loud.
  • Play the bass drum on each number.
  • Then, play the hi-hats (with your foot) on each number.
  • Then, play the bass drum on numbers “1” and “3” and the hi-hats (with your foot) on “2” and “4”.

Kaden

Practice time: 45 min/day

Practice Overview:

  • Exercise 1: Basic Beats (slow)
  • Exercise 2: Basic Beats (medium or fast)
  • Exercise 3: Accented triplets
  • Exercise 4: Seven Nation Army

Warm-up – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun!

Exercise 1 – 10 minutes

  • While playing along to SLOW music you like, go through the “Basic Beats” sheet I gave you.
  • Don’t move from one pattern to another without having mastered the first. By “mastering” a pattern, I mean being able to play it 4 times in a row without (1) making a mistake and (2) looking at the sheet.

Exercise 2 – 10 minutes

  • Repeat Exercise 1 but while playing along to MEDIUM-tempo or FAST music you like.

Break – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun.

Exercise 3 – 5 minutes

  • On your snare drum, play the triplet rhythm I wrote on the back of the “Basic Beats” sheet.
  • Remember: the circled notes are accented (play them louder than the others).
  • Alternate your sticking (RLR LRL RLR LRL, etc.) instead of playing all the notes with just one hand.

Exercise 4 – 10 min

  • Play along to Seven Nation Army. Listen to yourself very carefully to see if you “flip” the beat (play the snare drum on “1” and “3” instead of “2” and “4”). If this happens, you can correct yourself by only playing the hi-hats and then coming back in with the rest of the drums when you have figured out the correct counting.

Mateo

Practice time: 30 min/day

Practice Overview:

  • Exercise 1: RL hi-hats
  • Exercise 2: Hi-hats + bass drum
  • Exercise 3: “1, 2” beat

Warm-up – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun!

Exercise 1 – 5 minutes

  • Count “1, 2” out loud. Keep it going.
  • On the closed hi-hats (you close them by keeping your left foot pushed down on the pedal), play R (right hand), L (left hand), R, L, R, L, etc. Keep it going.
  • Do it again, but start with your left hand (L, R, L, R, etc.). Keep it going.

Exercise 2 – 5 minutes

  • Count “1, 2” out loud.
  • On the closed hi-hats, play R, L, R, L, etc.
  • At the same time, play the bass drum every time you play the hi-hats.
  • Try it again, but this time, don’t use your right hand. Play L, L, L, L, etc. on the hi-hats

Break – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun.

Exercise 3 – 10 minutes

  • Count “1, 2” out loud.
  • Play the hi-hats with your left hand each time you say a number.
  • Then, only play the hi-hats and bass drum as you say “1”.
  • Then, only play the hi-hats and snare drum as you say “2”.
  • Then, play the hi-hats and bass drum on “1,” AND the hi-hats and snare drum on “2”.

Ella

Practice time: 30 min/day

Practice Overview

  • Exercise 1: Basic Beats
  • Exercise 2: Hotel California

Warm-up – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun!

Exercise 1 – 10 minutes

  • While playing along to music you like, go through the “Basic Beats” sheet I gave you.
  • Don’t move from one pattern to another without having mastered the first. By “mastering” a pattern, I mean being able to play it 4 times in a row without (1) making a mistake and (2) looking at the sheet.

Break – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun.

Exercise 2 – 10 minutes

  • Practice the main beat to Hotel California while playing along to the recording.
  • You don’t have to do fills if you don’t want to.

Sylvie

Practice time: 30 min/day

Practice Overview:

  • Memorize names of drums
  • Exercise 1: R L
  • Exercise 2: L R
  • Exercise 3: Feet

Memorize the names of the drums – 5 minutes

Warm-up – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun!

Exercise 1 – 5 minutes

  • Count “1, 2, 3, 4” out loud. Continue to count throughout the rest of the exercises.
  • On the snare drum, play R (right hand), L (left hand), R, L, R, L, etc. Play each note at the same time you say a number.
  • Then, do the same thing but on the closed hi-hats (push the pedal down with your left foot).
  • Then, do the same thing on each tom-tom and the floor tom.

Exercise 2 – 5 minutes

  • Repeat Exercise 1, but starting with the left hand (L, R, L, R, etc.).

Break – 5 minutes

  • Do what you want on the drums. Have fun.

Exercise 3 – 5 minutes

  • Count “1, 2, 3, 4” out loud.
  • Play the bass drum on each number.
  • Then, play the hi-hats (with your foot) on each number.
  • Then, play the bass drum on numbers “1” and “3” and the hi-hats (with your foot) on “2” and “4”.

April 3 Lessons

Hey everyone,

  1. This will be the last week that I make homework posts using Sam’s account. If you haven’t already subscribed to my posts, please do so here.
  2. Don’t forget to buy ear protection.

See you at our next lesson :).

Rob

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Mateo

  • Practice time: 30 minutes/day
  • Exercises: The “1, 2” beat AND the “1 & 2 &” beat

Warm-up (5 minutes): Have fun / just play around on the drums

Exercise 1 (10 minutes): The “1, 2” beat

Note: The following steps are cumulative. As you move on to new steps, do not stop what you were doing before.

  • Start by counting “1, 2” over and over again.
  • Play the hi-hats on every number. Make sure that the hi-hats are closed (touching each other) by holding down the left foot pedal.
  • Play the bass drum every time you say “1”.
  • Play the snare drum on every time you say “2”.

Break (5 minutes): Have fun / just play around on the drums

Exercise 2 (10 minutes): The “1 & 2 &” beat

Note: The steps are still cumulative.

  • Start by counting “1 & 2 &” over and over again.
  • Play the hi-hats on every number and every “&”. Make sure that the hi-hats are closed.
  • Play the bass drum every time you say “1”.
  • Play the snare drum every time you say “2”

MAY 18-23 HOMEWORK

Hey everyone,

To help you remember to fill out your practise logs, do it right after you finish practising. You can even fill it out as you’re practising. Please bring them to every lesson.

Rob

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Ezra

Best Song Ever patterns

  • Practice with a metronome. The clicks are 8th notes. Start at 90 bpm. Once you have played through all the patterns, do it again but with the metronome at 100 bpm. Then at 110, etc., until you get to 140. Don’t go faster than that.
  • Count 8th notes out loud as you play.
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the pattern.

Basic Beats + fills

  • Using the “Basic Beats” patterns, play 2 bars of the pattern followed by 2 bars of filling. I want you to improvise the fills (make them up on the spot). We did something similar in our lesson a few weeks ago. To keep your fills simple, you can start by playing quarter notes around the drums set. Then, try using a combination of quarter notes and rests. Then, try adding in 8th notes. Experiment.
  • Play along to What I Like by Bruno Mars.

Elora

Basic Beats

  • Count 8th notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
  • Play along to a metronome at 90 bpm (beats for minute). If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one. Each click is an 8th note – “1” (click), “and” (click), “2” (click), “and” (click), “3” (click), “and” (click), “4” (click), “and” (click).
  • Once you have played through all the patterns, play them again but with the metronome at 100 bpm. Then at 110, etc., until you get to 140. You can try going even faster but it’s up to you.
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the patterns.

Isobel

Basic Beats

  • Count 8th notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the patterns.
  • Play patterns 1 – 4. Then 5 – 9. Then 1 – 9. Then 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. Then 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • Play along to a metronome at 90 bpm (beats for minute). If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one. Each click is an 8th note – “1” (click), “and” (click), “2” (click), “and” (click), “3” (click), “and” (click), “4” (click), “and” (click).
  • Next, play along to Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Ewan

Here is a new practice log. Also, here is the Believer worksheet. You forgot the original at our lesson.

Believer

  • Play the first two patterns.
  • Count triplets out loud as you play.
  • Count one bar of triplets before you start playing the patterns.
  • Play along to a metronome where each click is a triplet – “1” (click), “trip” (click), “let” (click), “2” (click), etc. If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one.
  • Play both patterns at 110 bpm (beats per minute). Once you’re comfortable with that tempo (speed), try playing them at 120 bpm. Then 130, etc., until you get to 150. You don’t need to go faster than that but you can if you want.

MAY 11-16 HOMEWORK

Hey everyone,

Please bring your practise log to every lesson. Thanks!

Rob

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Ezra

While playing along to No Problem by Chance the Rapper, use alternate sticking leading with the left hand (start with your left hand) to play 1 bar of eighth notes on the snare drum followed by 1 bar of quarter notes on one of the rack toms (you choose which one). Do it again, except 2 bars each. Then 4 bars each.

  • Then reverse it; play the eighth notes on one of the rack toms and quarter notes on the snare drum.
  • Then eighth notes on floor tom, quarters on ride cymbal. And reverse it.
  • Then eighth notes on other rack tom and quarters on floor tom. And reverse it.
  • Then eighth notes on hi-hat and quarters on snare drum. And reverse it.

Play the Best Song Ever patterns along to a metronome.

  • Each click will be an 8th note.
  • Start the metronome at 70 bpm. Once you have played through all of them, do it again but with the metronome at 80 bpm. Then at 90, etc., until you get to 120. Don’t go faster than that.
  • Be sure to count 16th notes out loud as you play. If you find it easier to count 8th notes, you can do that too.

Elora

Same homework as last week except play all the hi-hat parts on the ride cymbal instead.

Isobel

No homework. Don’t worry – we will talk.

Ewan

Play the first two “Believer” training patterns. Count triplets out loud as you play them.

MAY 4 – 9 HOMEWORK

Hey everyone,

Don’t forget to fill out your practise logs when you need to and get a parent/guardian’s signature!

This week, I want you all to include time for “free play” in your practising. This is time to just have pure fun on the drums. Do what ever you’d like! Some things I like to do for free play when I’m practising are create new drum beats and play along to songs I like. Please include free play in your practise logs if it something you did that day.

Rob

Ezra

While playing along to 24K Magic by Bruno Mars,

  1. Using alternate sticking (R-L-R-L-…) on the snare drum, play 1 bar of eighth notes followed by 1 bar of quarter notes.
    • Loop it.
    • Also try playing it on the toms, hi-hat, and any combination of drums.
  2. Do it again, except 2 bars each.
  3. Do it again, except 4 bars each.

Play the Best Song Ever patterns along to a metronome.

  • Each click will be an 8th note (NOT A QUARTER NOTE).
  • Start the metronome at 80 bpm. Once you have played through all of them, do it again but with the metronome at 90 bpm. Then at 100, etc., until you get to 120. Don’t go faster than that.
  • Be sure to count 16th notes out loud as you play. If you find it easier to count 8th notes, you can do that too.

Elora

Play all of the Basic Beats.

  • Count eighth notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
  • Play them along to Something Big by Shawn Mendes. The speed of the clapping sounds at the beginning of the song are how fast your 8th notes should be – clap (1), clap (and), clap (2), clap (and), etc.

Also play them to Heart Attack by Demi Lovato.

Isobel

I hope you feel better soon! If you have the energy, here are things you could practice:

Play all of the Basic Beats.

  • Count eighth notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
  • Play them along to Something Big by Shawn Mendes. The speed of the clapping sounds at the beginning of the song are how fast your 8th notes should be – clap (1), clap (and), clap (2), clap (and), etc.
  • Practise while looking at the sheet music AND without looking at the sheet music.

Ewan

Play all of the Believer training beats. Count triplets out loud as you play.

For the last line only, practise along to a metronome. If you don’t have one at home, you can use this. Start at 50 bpm (beats per minute). Once you can play it at that speed, try it again at 55 bpm. Then at 60. Then 65, etc., until you get to 80. Stop there.

 

APRIL 26 LESSON

Hey friends,

Unfortunately we didn’t get anything together to perform at this session’s recital, but come on by this Sunday from noon to 3:00 at 225 Geary Avenue to see some of the other students play. Attendance for all students is mandatory. I’ll be there! More information can be found here. Happy practicing.

-Rob

Ezra

Practice time: 45 min/day

While playing along to the recording of Best Song Ever:

  1. Play quarter notes on the bass drum and quarter notes on any of the other drums or cymbals (alternate sticking R-L-R-L-…)
  2. Play quarter notes on the bass drum and eighth notes on any of the other drums or cymbals (alternate sticking R-L-R-L-…)
  3. While playing quarter notes on the bass drum, play 4 bars of quarter notes with your hands, then 4 bars of eighth notes with your hands. Repeat. (Just like in our lesson)
  4. Do that again, except 2 bars each.
  5. Do that again, except 1 bar each.

Play the Best Song Ever patterns along to a metronome at 40 bpm. If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one. Once you have played through all of them, do it again but with the metronome at 45 bpm. Then at 50, etc., until you can’t go any faster. Be sure to count 16th notes out loud as you play. Make sure you master the 4th line on the sheet.

Elora

Practice the same homework as last week.

Isobel

Practice the same homework as last week.

Ewan

Practice the same homework as last week except without using your feet. When you feel comfortable with just using your hands, then add your feet back in.

April 20 Lesson

Ezra

Practice time: 45 min/day

While playing along to the recording of Best Song Ever:

  1. Play quarter notes on the bass drum and quarter notes on any of the other drums or cymbals (alternate sticking R-L-R-L-…)
  2. Play quarter notes on the bass drum and eighth notes on any of the other drums or cymbals (alternate sticking R-L-R-L-…)
  3. While playing quarter notes on the bass drum, play 4 bars of quarter notes with your hands, then 4 bars of eighth notes with your hands. Repeat. (Just like in our lesson)
  4. Do that again, except 2 bars each.
  5. Do that again, except 1 bar each.

Play all of the Best Song Ever patterns.

  • Count sixteenth notes out loud
  • After you have played all of them, go through the patterns again except don’t move on to the next one until you are able to play the current pattern without looking at the sheet.

Elora

Practice time: 30 min/day

Play all of the Basic Beats. Count eighth notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).

  • Don’t move on to the next pattern until you are able to play the current one without looking at the sheet.

Isobel

Practice time: 30 min/day

Play all of the Basic Beats. Count eighth notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).

  1. Don’t move on to the next pattern until you are able to play the current one without looking at the sheet.
  2. Play patterns #1 and #2 in a row without stopping. Loop them (play them over and over again) until you are able to play them at least 4 times in a row without making a mistake (including slowing down).

Ewan

Practice time: 30 min/day

Play all of the Believer training beats.

  • Do at least 2 or 3 of them each day.
  • Count triplets out loud as you play.

April 12 Lesson

CORRECTED VERSION (There was a mistake in Ewan’s instructions in the last post.)

Ezra

Practice Time: 30 min/day

Here are some exercises I would like you to practice so that you can play the main beat to Best Song Ever. You’ll see that I wrote the counting pattern for 16th notes above the beats; make sure you count them as you play. Once the main beat is sounding strong, we will move on to other parts of the song. Work through each exercise, one by one.

Isobel

Practice Time: 20 min/day

Keep practicing the Basic Beats worksheet. Go through the page, playing each pattern separately. Play the pattern over and over again until you no longer need to look at the page.

Go through the page again, playing each LINE (2 patterns in total) separately. Again – play each line over and over again until you no longer need to look at the page.

Ewan

Practice Time: 20 min/day

Here are some patterns to practice that will get you ready to play Believer. Please repeat each pattern without stopping until you can play it without looking at the page. You may notice that there are a bunch of numbers and letters everywhere. Here is what they mean:

  • The big “3” under the word “trip” means that the rhythm written underneath is a triplet. A triplet is a group of 3 notes.
  • The blue writing (1 trip let, 2 trip let, 3 trip let, 4 trip let) is what I want you to say as you’re playing. For example, as you say “1,” you are going to play the notes underneath the blue “1”; as you say “trip,” you are going to play the note underneath the blue “trip,” etc.
  • The letters (L and R) underneath the notes tell you which hand to play with. For example, under the first note, there is n “L”. This means that you must play the first note with your left hand.

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