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Gordon Fry2020-09-01T16:14:02-04:00

Project Description

M.Mus (UofT) in-progress
B.Mus (Eastman)

Gordon is a percussionist and educator interested in performing, creating, and engaging within a multitude of musical styles, invested in how music might be embodied in a variety of forms through joyful exploration.

From Tampa, Florida, Gordon became acquainted with music through piano lessons, eventually moving on to drum set and marching percussion in high school. In 2019, Gordon completed his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Michael Burritt. At Eastman Gordon performed and premiered works with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and Musica Nova in addition to serving for two years on the board of the student-led new music ensemble, Ossia.

He is also interested in the intersection between music and technology and has contributed to creative projects with the Eastman Audio Research Studio and the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble.

Gordon is currently working towards completing his Master’s degree at the University of Toronto under the instruction of Aiyun Huang.

Get to know Gordon…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, watching movies, reading, spending time outside, tossing a frisbee and playing Spikeball

Musical influences: Rush, Mutemath, Max Roach, My Brightest Diamond, Son Lux, Rachel Podger, Michael Burritt, Steve Schick, Paul Rennick, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Jess Ray, Mark Andre…

Favourite food: Kanafeh (Middle-Eastern dessert)

Least favourite food: Brussel sprouts

Favourite music: Rock, Jazz, Contemporary Classical, Indie-folk, Electronic

Favourite song: One favorite is Humble Heart by Jess Ray

Favourite movie: Another favorite is Tree of Life by Terrence Malick

Favourite movie music: Bernard Herman in Vertigo, Ennio Morricone in Once Upon a Time in the West

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Hamilton, Invisible Cities by Christopher Cerrone

Best quote from your teacher: “Listen…”

Favourite quote: Romans 8:37-39

Favourite book: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Sharing music with the students.

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June 15th Assignments

Lucas

How many minutes to practice: 15-30mins a day

What to practice: This week Lucas I want you work on repeating the beat and fill at least twice in Back in Black. Here is the UPDATED TRANSCRIPTION

How to practice effectively: The link to the video is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fR9DOnOB8p94BMU-unmwhxk37wiAZuJr/view?usp=sharing
Really great work today! You’ve got the beat and fill down! Now all thats left is to practice repeating it over and over. Remember that the crash will be the first note of the beat, and go slowly!

Great work today, it sounds fantastic!

 

Jonah

How many minutes to practice: 30mins a day

What to practice: This week Jonah I want you to continue working on Enemy by Imagine Dragons

How to practice effectively: Try playing through the whole song everyday and work on getting that new hi-hat pattern for the chorus!

Awesome to hang with you today!

 

Samson

How many minutes to practice: 30 mins a day

What to practice: This week Samson I want you to keep workin on the Lesson 11 beats

 How to practice effectively: These sound really great! Next week I want you to try and have them memorized. Also try practicing going through all of them in a row without stopping.

Keep up the hard work with your projects!

 

Sam

How many minutes a day to practice: 30

What to practice: Tonight I want you to play through your composition for your mom and your dad!

How to practice effectively: Remember to think ahead and expect to feel nervous! Every performer I know has nerves when they play! It doesn’t mean that you can do a great job. Just relax on the fills and try to keep things relaxed and not rushed.

I know you’re going to kill it tomorrow!!!

June 15th, 2022|

Preferred Books for Gordon’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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Reading, Rudiments, and Rock Drumming

Cover of Joel Rothman's Reading, Rudiments, and Rock Drumming book

This beginner book contains the basic 3 R’s of drumming-Reading, Rudiments, and Rock, in an easy to learn format.

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Intermediate Snare Drum Studies

Cover of Intermediate Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters

 
 
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The Art of Bop Drumming

 

Cover of The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley

The definitive book on bop drumming—a style that is both the turning point and the cornerstone of contemporary music’s development. This comprehensive book and audio presentation covers time playing, comping, soloing, brushes, more jazz essentials, and charts in an entertaining mix of text, music, and pertinent quotes.

 

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