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
Is David Your Teacher?
Sign up now to get your weekly assignments delivered, and never lose your homework sheet again!
Emily – No homework.
Matthew – Play the C major pentascale with your right hand. Bring back your two books.
Clair – Practice improvising on the blues with chords in the left hand, using your ear, (just like you did with Twinkle Twinkle). Listen to some different recordings of C Jam Blues/Duke’s Place (‘C Jam Blues’ is without words; ‘Duke’s Place’ is with words). In addition, listen to some classic blues artists like Muddy Waters and Bessie Smith. When you come back, show me some of the recordings that you found were your favourites and tell me why you like them.
Here are your assignments for this week:
Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min/day
What to practice:
C major Scales @ 75 on the metronome, Two ways 1. One octave 2. As high and low as you can play in the position
-Switching from C to C/F (2 times through the fingerpicking pattern then switch)
How to practice it most effectively: Start by figuring out where to put your fingers and when without a metronome, then add in the metronome (75 for scales, 120 for fingerpicking). Aim to increase the speed over the course of the week.
Recommended minutes to practice: 10 min/day
What to practice: Major Triads in C+G, 1 string Scales for D, G, and B strings. Review 2nd position scales with Alternate Picking and a Metronome set at 90bpm.
How to practice it most effectively: Start saying the letter names for the notes as you play them working through the examples we looked at. Start checking out the 12 major scales, 5 major scale positions, and 1 string scales.
Recommended minutes to practice: 5 min/day
What to practice: Beginning of Mary Had A Little Lamb
How to practice it most effectively: Pick up the guitar and try playing notes, (4th fret, 2nd fret, open)
How parents can support practice: Encourage Yasmim to pick up the guitar and try playing what she learned in class.
Have a good week everyone!
Beta Test Our New Direct-to-Teacher Chat System
Please note that:
- No scheduling may be done with this system. All scheduling matters must be handled by the front desk at 416-651-7529.
- Response times are not guaranteed, although a 48h window will be our goal.
- This test is just that, a test. For any matters that are time sensitive, you must call the office.