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LESSON ASSIGNMENT

May 19th, 2019

Free strokes

  • 40 bpm set to quarter notes

  • Make sure your fingers stay on the stick at all times and that they don’t end up coming off the stick and leading the stick down to the pad

LH accented single strokes: goal is 70 bpm for 1 minute (you played it today)

  • Focus on getting way more height for your accents. Use your wrist and the momentum of the stick. Your stick will go past pointing at the ceiling and will extend your fingers out a bit. That’s ok, let it.

  • Make sure your controlled accent is a free stroke, you don’t want to choke the accent at all

Bass drum doubles exercise 2 (70 is your max, 90 is the goal)

  • Remember to let your bass drum beater rebound off of the head after the second stroke (this looked pretty good today)

  • You did 75 today. Hang around 60-75 bpm area and get that range really comfortable at 1 minute at a time

  • Don’t play your hands too hard. You had them really high and were hitting really hard with them today. Keep everything relaxed and loose, use the rebound of the sticks for the second doubles hit

The Grid

  • HH: Grid #5   Snare: beat 2   Bass: Grid #1-18 (separately) Once that’s done do transitions (1-2, 2-3, 3-4, etc… 18-1)

  • Metronome at 40 bpm set to 16th notes

  • Make sure you are making the most out of every opportunity to rest your foot

  • Count 16th notes out loud

Jazz ride motion w/ hi-hat

  • Looks very good, be able to speed it up a little bit

  • As you speed up, the height and shape of your motions will be reduced

16th note fills

  • Always alternating hands RLRL

  • When the bass drums come in they are replacing whatever hand would have played

  • Count through “4 e & a”


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