We continue to study improvising in a blues idiom. This involves a certain meter (four beats per measure, each beat divided in three), certain kinds of chords (major and minor triads, seventh chords, ninth chords), and certain scales (so far I have instructed in only one the six-note scale which, if started on C, has the notes C, E-flat, F, F-sharp, G, and B-flat; this is often called the Blues Scale).
Students should practice these at home (the percussionists don't need to know the chords and scale). The more you practice, the more fun you will have in class!
We are still having a lot of trouble with rhythmic precision. Players get out of sync with one another. It is necessary to play and listen to others at the same time. Yes, this can be done!