Beginning Percussion

LESSON TIME: THURSDAY 8:30-9:00

Playing test next week (3/14/19) for #49 and #61
After Winter concert practice: now that we have had a successful winter concert, it’s time to turn our attention back to practicing songs and exercises in our book that will make us better players. If you have ever played on a sports team, you know that your coach makes you work on certain skills at practice to help your team win games- running and passing and catching and defending are just as important as scoring points, and it’s how your team wins the game. To win at our concerts, and play songs that our audience will enjoy, our weekly practice will include a mix of songs and skills from our book. Keep this in mind as you practice. You are trying to get better on your instrument, not by learning as many songs as you can, but by becoming a better musician.

WHAT TO PRACTICE THIS WEEK:

(these are exercise numbers not page numbers)

#22, 29, 35, 41, 43, 46, 48, 49, 51, 53, 55, 58, 61

THANKSGIVING BREAK PRACTICE-

I know that many of you will be traveling over the Thanksgiving Break, but please try and get some practice in for the songs for our Winter Concert, January 23, 2019:

p. 7 #12 Cardiff by the Sea

p. 8 #16 Hot Cross Buns

p. 8 #17 Au Claire De La Lune

p. 9 #23 Merrily We Roll Along

p. 9 #24 Lightly Row

p. 9 #26 Good King Wenceslas

p. 10 #32 Jolly Old St. Nicholas

p. 10 #34 Farm Out

Lesson 6: 11/08/18-

Continue to practice our concert songs from the list below. Work on playing them at a faster tempo. Add “Lightly Row” and “Good King Wenceslas” to your practice. Make sure you can play and hear the difference between a multiple bounce (buzz) or regular tap. If you get “Lightly Row” and “Good King Wenceslas” down, turn to page 39 and practice exercises 23A, 23B and 31.  Buzz or tap is your goal.

Lesson 5: 10/29/18-

Next week I will hear you play a song for me alone during your lesson. You can choose one of the songs from lesson 4 last week. I want to hear and see that you can play all the notes with the correct rhythm and a steady tempo. You get to choose the song, and the speed or tempo you want to play for me. The songs you can play are:

p. 7 #12 Cardiff by the Sea

p. 8 #16 Hot Cross Buns

p. 8 #17 Au Claire De La Lune

p. 9 #23 Merrily We Roll Along

I will be listening for:

  • Correct rhythms
  • Correct sticking
  • Steady tempo
  • Good technique (or how you play and hold your sticks)

Lesson 4: 10/25/18-

Now that you know how to play with proper technique, practice playing the following songs in your book with the recordings below (click on the title of the song to hear an audio recording like we did in class):

p. 7 #12 Cardiff by the Sea

p. 8 #16 Hot Cross Buns

p. 8 #17 Au Claire De La Lune

p. 9 #23 Merrily We Roll Along

Also, try doing multiple bounces on page 9.

Lesson 3: 10/18/18-

Now that we have our stick grip down and can play using the “pizza pie shape”, we will start using our book to learn some songs and exercises. Last week you read some “Du” and “Du-deh” patterns on pages 13 and 14. Make sure you record your practice time each day in the chart at the front of your book. I will check this chart at each lesson and initial your time for the week.  This week:

  • Practice and play the exercises on pages 6, 7, and 8
  • Make sure you know how to play an accent and what the accent mark looks like (hint: the answer is on the top of page 7)
  • Make sure you know how to play a single paradiddle with the proper accents. (hint: the answer is on the top of page 8)
  • Pay attention to the sticking (RLRR- LRLL) when you play the paradiddle.

Lesson 2: 10/11/18- PERCUSSION Week #2 Lessons-

watch percussion lesson video

Lesson 1: 10/04/18- PERCUSSION Week #1 Instrumental Lessons-