David Zada

Toronto Piano & Drum Kit Teacher

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David ZadaABC Academy of Music2019-03-26T16:58:16-04:00

Project Description

B. Mus. (York)
B.Ed (York) in-progress

David Zada is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, who plays, variously, drums, piano, or his own voice, in clubs, festivals, fundraisers, churches, and other venues about the city.

Zada graduated from York University’s jazz program in 2015, having received the Olive Lower Prize in Jazz Piano in his final year. He hopes to continue making people dance and smile for as long as possible.*

Get to know David…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: I like stand-up comedy, singing with other people (anything from choir to karaoke), and petting dogs!

Musical influences: My earliest influences come from the interrelated worlds of jazz, classic rock, country, and folk. Mainly: Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, The Doors, Queen, and so on. But I’m always absorbing whatever I’m exposed to, learning and adapting, as is necessary.

Favourite food: Anything spicy!

Least favourite food: Cooked spinach.

Favourite music: I’m REALLY into neo-soul right now. Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, and Hiatus Kaiyote exemplify this style for me.

Favourite song: Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life, especially as performed by Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane’s Quartet.

Favourite movie: Twelve Monkeys is up there.

Favouirite movie music: Bernard Hermann’s score from Psycho is a personal favourite.

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Favourite show: Cabaret (Kander & Ebb). Favourite Opera: Satyagraha (Phillip Glass).

Best quote from your teacher: “Now I know this all sounds overwhelming, but I’ll show you what to listen to, what to listen for…what to listen six.” – Kelly Jefferson

Favourite quote: “I’d rather be one of the few than one of the many. […] If I was suddenly to become popular, I’d have to think that something was wrong with me.” – Barry Harris

Favourite book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Best thing about teaching at ABC: I find the students are excited about the instrument, and willing to learn. That’s all I ask!

Latest Homework from David

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Homework from May 9th, 2019

Oscar - Practice the stride pattern through the 12 bar blues progression. Bounce from the root to the 5th with the bass note. Think of each voice moving as little as possible. Also, transcribe as much as you can of the first 50 seconds of Red Garland on C Jam Blues. It's available on YouTube. Avril - Play all the diatonic triads (I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-viio) in all 12 major keys. Practice and ANALYZE Autumn Leaves. If there's any part that confuses you (why is this chord here?), write down your question or write an asterisk on the lead sheet so we can talk about it. Julie - Practice voice leading with the rules written on your notes. IV-V-I progressions in as many major keys as you can. Work on all the repertoire you have. Figure out the chords and come up with a basic accompaniment for "Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Maman". Kristin - Lift Hank Jones' solo on Autumn Leaves. Try to figure out why he made the musical decisions he did. What scale was he thinking of over each chord? If there is a note that doesn't seem to belong, why is it there? Any motifs or sequences? Identify. Write down any questions you have. Also, practice playing the melody while punctuating with rootless chord voicings.

Homework for May 5th, 2019

Daniel - Practice the first five songs in your book. Practice singing songs (Yellow Submarine, Teddy Bear Picnic, etc.) and tapping the pulse along with the song. Pablo - Continue to play the 'Engine Engine Number Nine' song while tapping RLR-RLR-RLR with your hands. Also continue to play the two beats we have discussed. All of this is available in earlier homework posts. Avril - Play the I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-vii0 chords for keys F, C, G, D, A, E, B major, and some of the black key major keys as well if you dare. Experiment with chord voicings on Autumn Leaves. Take note of any interesting ideas you come up with, and any areas where you need help. Bring your findings next week.

Homework from May 2nd, 2019

Katheline - Continue to practice repertoire from both books. Go as far as you want. At this point, you can stop writing in your own markings and follow the composer's. That said, there is still a degree of interpretation that goes on, but let's try to make it internal (in your head) rather than external (written on the score). Kristin - Practice 3 5 7 9, 7 9 3 5, and invented (your choice) voicings throughout Autumn Leaves. Try the tune starting from 3 5 7 9 and starting from 7 9 3 5. What do you notice? Julie - Try doing IV-V-I progressions with 4 voices on the piano. Follow the rules we discussed: NO doubling the leading tone; NO parallel 5ths; NO parallel 8ves; keep common notes in common if possible; NO voice-crossing; if two chord have no common tones, have contrary motion against the bass if possible. In addition, look at the rules, and see if you can figure out WHY they're rules. Do this in all the keys discussed: Ab major, Eb major, Bb major, F major, C major, G major, D major, A major, E major, and B major.

Homework from April 25th, 2019

Oscar – Continue to practice the stride pattern with your left hand. Practice improvising single-note lines in the right hand while playing a stride pattern in your left hand on the blues progression. IF you feel comfortable doing so, you can go through the whole progression, but it’s best to start by staying on the I chord. Just get used to the motion of the stride pattern against an improvised line. Avril – Since I won’t be seeing you before the recital, I need to tell you: I think you should remove Autumn Leaves from your recital program and ONLY stick to the Czerny pieces. Good luck! I hope I can be there to watch you play. Julie – Focus on the Bach pieces we discussed. For the Invention, zero in on the ornaments. Measured and even should be the goal, not fast. Complete the chord chart for two more keys. Kristin – Practice the stride pattern with the bebop scales in the right hand and the swing rhythms, as discussed. You can also improvise over that A minor waltz vamp you showed me in the last lesson, focusing on centering your improvised melody around chord tones. Give direction to your melody by aiming for chord tones, rather than aimlessly wandering ‘within’ the key of A minor.

Homework for April 18th-24th, 2019

Adriana - Work on remembering where F, C, G, and D are on the keyboard without using C as a reference point. Review the treble clef notes we learned in our first lesson. Review the rhythm concepts (whole note, half note, quarter note). Oscar - Practice soloing over the blues using the chord tones and discussed decorations: lower chromatic neighbour, upper diatonic neighbour, passing tones. Avril - Think about what you want to do for the recital. Practice Autumn Leaves. Lead sheet available here: https://www3.northern.edu/wieland/piano/tunes/a_l.jpg Julie - Practice the Bach Invention up to a comfortable tempo, focusing on accuracy in the ornaments.

Homework for April 11th-17th, 2019

Oscar - Continue to work on pentascales in F, C, G, and D major. Practice blues concepts: Improvising on the I7 chord using chord tones, neighbour notes, passing notes, and the blues scale. Play with Functional Ear Trainer. Avril - Explore the song Autumn Leaves which was introduced in the last lesson. Carefully listen to some recordings. See if you can figure out the melody and chords by ear. Experiment with improvisation. Here are some suggested recordingshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wy9ApLsAvA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-Z8KuwI7Gc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tguu4m38U78 Kristen - Blues improvisation concepts (also discussed with Oscar - scroll up). Also continue to practice technical exercises: broken chords and scales in all white key major and minor keys.

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Homework from May 12th, 2019

Katheline – Work on all major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales. Focusing on noticing the relationship between the minors and their relative majors. ie, G natural minor and Bb major share all the same notes, and you only have to alter 1 or 2 to get harmonic or melodic minor. Also, push forward in both books.

Daniel – Work on the songs from the book, and also work on C-D-E-F-G-F-E-D-C with both hands.

Gavin – Work on legato and staccato pentascales in C, G and D major, as well as A minor. Quarter note = 100BPM with the metronome. Broken chord sequence in C major, with 3 notes per click at 60BPM. Solid chord sequence in C major in half notes at 72BPM.

Yoan – Work on playing to Ms. Jackson. Practice isolating limbs (just right hand, just right foot, just left hand) or combinations of limbs (just hands, just right side, etc.). Pay close attention to making sure each part of the beat lines up together. Soundcorset metronome and tuner is an excellent app, I highly recommend using it. Additionally, see if you can find other songs that a similar beat would work over. Any genre.

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Homework for May 5th, 2019

Daniel – Practice the first five songs in your book. Practice singing songs (Yellow Submarine, Teddy Bear Picnic, etc.) and tapping the pulse along with the song.

Pablo – Continue to play the ‘Engine Engine Number Nine’ song while tapping RLR-RLR-RLR with your hands. Also continue to play the two beats we have discussed. All of this is available in earlier homework posts.

Avril – Play the I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-vii0 chords for keys F, C, G, D, A, E, B major, and some of the black key major keys as well if you dare. Experiment with chord voicings on Autumn Leaves. Take note of any interesting ideas you come up with, and any areas where you need help. Bring your findings next week.

May 5th, 2019|
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Preferred Books for David’s Students

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STICK CONTROL

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George Lawrence Stone’s Stick Control is the bible of drumming. In 1993, Modern Drummer magazine named the book one of the top 25 books of all-time. In the words of the author, it is the ideal book for improving: control, speed, flexibility, touch, rhythm, lightness, delicacy, power, endurance, preciseness of execution and muscular coordination, with extra attention given to the development of the weak hand.

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PROGRESSIVE STEPS TO SYNCOPATION

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Voted second on Modern Drummer’s list of 25 Greatest Drum Books in 1993, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer is one of the most versatile and practical works ever written for drums. Created exclusively to address syncopation, it has earned its place as a standard tool for teaching beginning drummers syncopation and strengthening reading skills.

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GROOVE ESSENTIALS

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Represents a new-generation play-along package and a quantum leap over anything else previously available in this vein with over 6 hours of music, including 47 grooves and feels from all over the world most in two tempos 88 tracks in all, truly professional sketch charts and incisive text by Tommy. An interactive groove experience for all level drummers with rhythm tracks that feature some of New York City’s top musicians.
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THE NEW BREED

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Gary Chester was one of the busiest studio drummers of the ’60s and ’70s and played on hundreds of hit records. His systems have been used and endorsed by drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Danny Gottlieb, and Dave Weckl. This is not just another drum book, but rather a system that will help you develop the skills needed to master today’s studio requirements. By working with this book, you’ll improve your reading, concentration, coordination, right and left-hand lead, and awareness of the click.

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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Lesson Book Primer Level

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The 2nd Edition Primer Lesson Book introduces the keyboard, note values, and the grand staff. Students play in C 5-finger scale patterns, develop recognition of steps and skips, and learn letter names independent of finger number. Musicianship is built through the use of dynamics and coloristic experimentation with the pedal. The book is organized into units which represent the major concepts and skills. As new units are introduced, earlier concepts and skills are constantly reviewed.

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Dozen A Day

Preparatory Book

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The Dozen a Day books are universally recognized as one of the most remarkable technique series on the market for all ages! Each book in this series contains short warm-up exercises to be played at the beginning of each practice session, providing excellent day-to-day training for the student.

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Dozen A Day

Mini Book

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The Dozen a Day books are universally recognized as one of the most remarkable technique series on the market for all ages! Each book in this series contains short warm-up exercises to be played at the beginning of each practice session, providing excellent day-to-day training for the student.

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