David Zada

Toronto Piano & Drum Kit Teacher

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David ZadaABC Academy of Music2018-10-01T20:07:13+00:00

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 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.

Homework for January 31st – February 6th

Avril - As you arrived late this week and were unable to have a complete lesson, review the homework from last week: Practice is CUMULATIVE. This means that everything we have been working on, you keep working on, even as we add more stuff. So continue playing around with Auld Lang Syne, analyzing Bohemian Rhapsody, and practicing your scales and chords. In addition, you can work on the first two pages of 'The Young Pianist'. Just as a challenge: try playing each piece in a different key than it's written in, and then another. If you have the time, play each piece in THREE different keys - the written key, and two other keys of your choice. Julie - Review the Sicilienne, focusing especially on DYNAMICS. If it will be beneficial to you, use highlighters to make dynamic changes clear to you. Review the Bach invention with NO decoration. 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 our theory charts from last week. Here they are on imgur. Hopefully you can access this. https://imgur.com/a/oiREUZu 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). 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. Find what metronome marking works best for you. You can/should also check out some jazz gigs. Here are some suggestions: 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. No piano in this group to my knowledge, but still a good group.

Homework for January 24th-30th

Avril - Practice is CUMULATIVE. This means that everything we have been working on, you keep working on, even as we add more stuff. So continue playing around with Auld Lang Syne, analyzing Bohemian Rhapsody, and practicing your scales and chords. In addition, you can work on the first two pages of 'The Young Pianist'. Just as a challenge: try playing each piece in a different key than it's written in, and then another. If you have the time, play each piece in THREE different keys - the written key, and two other keys of your choice. HAVEN & MALEEYA - Work on reviewing the notes in the lines and the spaces in the treble clef. Remember: for lines it's EGBDF (every good band deserves funding) and for spaces it's FACE (like that thing your nose sits on). Also, go through your books and clap the rhythms while counting. A quarter note is 1 beat, a half note is 2 beats, and a whole note is 4 beats. Maleeya, you can work on the new song we discussed (Snowman), and you can also practice singing with solfege symbols and hand signs. Do, do re do, do re mi re do, do re mi fa mi re do, etc. Julie - Focus on the three pieces we have been looking at, as well as major scales in C, G, D, A, and E majors. Focus on the Sicilienne this week, because we may have our violinist next week. Download the following apps: Functional Ear Trainer, and Soundcorset Metronome. You can also review the interval and key signature stuff we worked on. I'll have it on paper for you next week but for now it can be found at the bottom of this post. Kristen - Since you were absent today, my advice for you is the same as it was last week: practice your scales and broken chords as we've been doing, but add minors too, as follows... MAJOR SCALES in C, G, D, A, and E. NATURAL, HARMONIC, AND MELODIC minor scales in c, g, d, a, and e. BROKEN CHORD SEQUENCE in F, C, & G majors, and d, a, & e minors. Continue playing the prelude and the Czerny repertoire, and transpose every Czerny piece a 5th up.

Homework, January 17th-24th, 2019

Avril - Practice our new version of Auld Lang Syne, and experiment with improvising on it. Continue to work on playing your scales and broken chords, up one octave only, in C major, G major, and A minor. Add D major, A major, E major. ALSO analyze the Bohemian Rhapsody arrangement you have been playing. Tell me: a) what are the chords? and b) where was the transcription different from the recording? HAVEN & MALEEYA - For both of you, the homework is the same. Work on 'Small World' with the proper rhythm. You can also work together on identifying notes at the piano (where is D? Where is B?) Maleeya, work on singing with solfege syllables "do, do re do, do re mi re do, do re mi fa mi re do' and so on. With hand signs. Julie - Focus on the three pieces we have been looking at, as well as major scales in C, G, D, A, and E majors. For the Sicilienne, focus on voicing, accuracy of rhythm, and lighter pedaling in the middle section. For the Invention, ornaments should be your priority, with special attention to how the WRIST is involved. In the Prelude, focus on playing the LH chords SOLIDLY, and pedaling in a way that doesn't blend chords together and make it sound muddy. Download the following apps: Functional Ear Trainer, and Soundcorset Metronome Kristen - Practice your scales and broken chords as we've been doing, but add minors too, as follows... MAJOR SCALES in C, G, D, A, and E. NATURAL, HARMONIC, AND MELODIC minor scales in c, g, d, a, and e. BROKEN CHORD SEQUENCE in F, C, & G majors, and d, a, & e minors. Continue playing the prelude and the Czerny repertoire, and transpose every Czerny piece a 5th up. Tanya - BY EAR: In addition to everything we've discussed try the number exercise we did... 'one, one two one, one two three two one, one two three four three two one'...etc.

Homework, January 10th-16th, 2019

Avril - Continue to play Auld Lang Syne, both as written and as improvised/re-composed by you. Play around with it, and be creative! Also work on playing your scales and broken chords, up one octave only, in C major, G major, and A minor only. We'll expand to more keys next week. ALSO analyze the Bohemian Rhapsody arrangement you have been playing. Tell me: a) what are the chords? and b) where was the transcription different from the recording? HAVEN & MALEEYA - For both of you, the homework is the same. Work on 'Small World' with the proper rhythm. Next week, come ready to focus, learn, and play. We DON'T want to waste more time. Julie - Focus on the three pieces we have been looking at, as well as major scales in C, G, D, A, and E majors. For the Sicilienne, focus on being precise with the rhythm, getting those grace notes closer to the downbeat in the Eb major section, and experimenting with different pedaling approaches. For the Invention AND the Prelude, it is best to focus on the ORNAMENTS this week, as that is the thing that's giving you the most trouble. Finally, download the Functional Ear Trainer app for your phone and start playing around with it, we'll get into more specifics on it later. Kristen - Practice your major scales in contrary AND parallel motion. Practice them with a metronome, as quarter notes (1 octave), eighth notes (2 octaves), as triplets (3 octaves), and as sixteenth notes (4 octaves). START THIS SLOWLY. 40 beats per minute is a perfectly acceptable place to start, and I wouldn't recommend exceeding 60BPM for the sixteenth notes yet. Still with the metronome, practice your broken chords (in groups of 3) both as 8th notes AND as triplets. Speaking of the metronome, use it to practice the 2:3 polyrhythm that we worked on today. Continue practicing the Prelude as discussed. Finally, play as much as you can of the first few pages of the Czerny book. Every piece you come across, play in two keys: the written key, and the key a 5th up. So if it's in C, play it in G. If it's in F, play it in C. If it's in D, play it in A. etc. Tanya - BY EAR: O Canada and Crazy. SIGHT READING: The first 2 pieces in the Czerny book. TRANSCRIPTION: Play the Czerny pieces both in C major AND G major. Broken chords and scales, 1 octave, hands together. C major only.

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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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