David Zada

Toronto Piano & Drum Kit Teacher

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David ZadaABC Academy of Music2019-02-24T21:31:35-04:00

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!

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Homework for Makeup week, 2019 (Thursday students)

Julie - Please practice your scales with the cadence we discussed at the end. Learn the new fingering discussed for the Faure piece... Gavin - Of course, always work on the march. We'll talk about it more next lesson. Also, you have the chords cheatsheet I made for you...use that to learn all the chord types we discussed. Kristen - The first group of pieces by Czerny. Play it through like it's one piece. This may be your recital performance. Try it both in major and minor.

Homework for March 7th-13th, 2019

Avril - Continue to work on your Jabberwocky song. Write new lyrics if you want, but you don't have to. Play the next piece in your Czerny book. Kristen - Focus this week should be on BLACK KEY major scales. So, Db/C# major, Eb major, F#/Gb major, Ab major, and Bb major. You can also explore the jazz stuff, but focus on technique. Also, review the circle of 5ths (just Google Image Search it), check out this video, and reflect on what the circle of 5ths is/means. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4niz8TfY794

Homework for February 28th-March 6th, 2019

Avril - Keep working on your scales and Czerny pieces. In addition, here is a poem made of nonsense words. Imagine that you are a songwriter and someone has given you this poem as 'lyrics'. Write a melody that goes with the first stanza (first four lines) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42916/jabberwocky Julie - For the Bach, focus on those ornaments. You can practice mordents from 85-104 BPM but no faster. For the Chopin, focus on making those left hand chords nice, light, and together, solid. Also, highlight all dynamic and tempo markings, and start thinking about where it might be appropriate to employ rubato (time stretching). Kristen - Practice your ii-V-I chord progressions in all 12 keys. Start from the 3-7 position as well as the 7-3 position. Scroll down in this link and you'll find a chart for There Will Never Be Another You in the proper key of Eb. Try playing through the tune by: singing the melody, playing the root notes with your left hand, and playing guide tones with your right hand. MAKE SURE your guide tones are guided by good voice leading. Also, avoid voicings that are too low (muddy) or too high (thin). Use your ear and your judgment. https://m.blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=pianolatte&logNo=220631248471&proxyReferer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F In addition to this, play all major scales, 4 octaves. ALSO, check out some Ahmad Jamal and let me know what you think of his playing and which tunes you thought were the best.

Homework for February 21-27, 2019

Avril - Continue working on everything you've been working on (Czerny, scales, Bohemian Rhapsody). On top of that, please work on your analysis of 'There's Nothing Holding Me Back' by Shawn Mendes. Here is a tool that may help you: I found the instrumental version of the song on YouTube. This may help to clarify what each instrument is doing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0Q3-P9lUa4 In addition, here are the notes we created together on songs and song structure in your lesson. Fill in what's missing. What does a song have? ChordsLyrics Instruments Voice/singer(s)Melody What’s in ‘Love of my Life’ by Queen? IntroFirst verseSecond verseChorus ‘Freestyle’ piano (improvisation) Bridge Structure/form: VersesChorusesBridgesIntros and outrosSolos What’s in “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”? Intro, 0:00 (instrumental, acoustic guitar, G-Bm-A~~; crescendo into the verse) Verse 1, 0:08 (singing, same chords as intro but twice, quarter notes on kick drum; electric bass on offbeats/upbeats, no guitar) Pre-chorus, 0:23 (everything’s the same except: one more voice, and different melody, electric guitar ushers in the chorus) Chorus, 0:39 (different melody, adding electric guitar which Verse 2 Pre-chorus Chorus Bridge Chorus* Kristen - Focus on the ii-V-I shell voicings in all 12 keys this week. Sing with them (make up simple melodies, use your ears), and every time you change a key NAME the key out loud. Also take a listen to some Red Garland. Just as much Red Garland as you possibly can. He recorded a lot of music, so just take your pick. Pick 2 or 3 recordings that you especially like and tell me about them next week. If there is time, you can also work on your major and minor scales, and white key broken and blocked chord sequences.

Homework for February 14th-20th, 2019

Avril -Continue with the first few pages of the Czerny book. This week, think about interpretation. In this week's lesson we talked about adding dynamics to make a piece more interesting. Think about that going forward. Also continue to practice Auld Lang Syne (With pedal, if you have access to a piano), and Bohemian Rhapsody. Julie - Practice our trill exercise: oscillating between two notes like this: 60BPM, 121, 131, 141, 151, 232, 242, 252, 343, 353, 454 - on both hands. Focus on allowing the oscillation come from rotation of the wrist, rather than your fingers alone. This week, I noticed that the ornaments in the Bach invention are coming along nicely. Keep it up. Also keep playing with 'Functional Ear Trainer'. Review the baroque ornamentation chart which can be found on this page, just scroll down http://www.pennuto.com/music/jsb_ornm.htm Kristen - Everything we've talked about in terms of classical and technical stuff is still in effect: all white key scales, 4 octaves, etc, and all fully white triad sequences, broken and solid. You should also work on the jazz exercises we discussed - ii-V-I shell voicing resolutions in all '12' keys, starting both 1-3-7 and 1-7-3. Practice singing and/or playing melodic ideas over a ii-V-I. SINGING IS BETTER because then the melody comes from what you're hearing, and not just what your fingers are capable of. Upcoming jazz gigs: Bernie Senensky Group on February 23rd at The Rex. Barry Romberg group on February 24th at The Rex.

Homework for February 7th-13th, 2019

Avril - Your focus this week should be on the first few pages of the Czerny book. Also continue to practice Auld Lang Syne (With pedal, if you have access to a piano), and Bohemian Rhapsody. Julie - Practice oscillating between two notes like this: 60BPM, 121, 131, 141, 151, 232, 242, 252, 343, 353, 454 - on both hands. Focus on allowing the oscillation come from rotation of the wrist, rather than your fingers alone. Keep playing with 'Functional Ear Trainer'. Review the baroque ornamentation chart which can be found on this page, just scroll down http://www.pennuto.com/music/jsb_ornm.htm Kristen - Continue to practice Czerny repertoire, and transpose every Czerny piece into another key. In addition to this, practice ALL white key major scales and their relative minor scales – harmonic and melodic, 4 octaves (that is C, D, E, F, G, A, B majors, and a, b, c#, d, e, f#, g# melodic and harmonic minors). SPECIAL ATTENTION TO SHARP KEYS. Do this with your metronome at a slow tempo (60 max), 1 octave at quarter notes, then 2 octaves at 8th notes, then 3 octaves at triplets, then 4 octaves at 16th notes. All fully white triad sequences, broken and solid. Upcoming jazz gigs: Claire Daily with Adrean Farrugia on piano on February 7th and 8th at The Rex. Bernie Senensky Group on February 23rd at The Rex. He is a marvelous pianist and organist. Barry Romberg group on February 24th.

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Homework for Makeup week, 2019 (Thursday students)

Julie – Please practice your scales with the cadence we discussed at the end. Learn the new fingering discussed for the Faure piece…

Gavin – Of course, always work on the march. We’ll talk about it more next lesson. Also, you have the chords cheatsheet I made for you…use that to learn all the chord types we discussed.

Kristen – The first group of pieces by Czerny. Play it through like it’s one piece. This may be your recital performance. Try it both in major and minor.

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Homework for March 10th-16th, 2019



Katheline – Review the first few ‘theory’ pages of the Czerny book.. Play a bunch of pieces from the Dozen a Day Book 2, as well as the Czerny book, and put an asterisk next to the ones that are most difficult.

Daniel – Find the notes F, C, G, D, and A. Work on playing your composition (Do you have a fish? Yes I have a fish.) Work on clapping and counting the rhythms I wrote out for you.



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Preferred Books for David’s Students

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STICK CONTROL

Cover of Stick Control for the Modern Drummer

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

Cover of Syncopation by Ted Reed

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

Cover of Groove Essentials

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

Cover of The New Breed

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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