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Louis Pino2020-09-01T13:40:00-04:00

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B.Mus (Oberlin)
M.Mus (U of T)

Louis “Pino” Pino is from Dix Hills, NY and is a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, having studied percussion with Michael Rosen and computer music with Aurie Hsu and Joo Won Park, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance at the University of Toronto with Aiyun Huang. Pino began his musical career playing drum set and hand drums with several local ensembles, and moved on to study at the Juilliard Pre-College, where he received the Commencement Award upon graduation. When arriving at Oberlin, Pino had the opportunity to collaborate with many students at the conservatory and has come to premiere over 50 new chamber and solo works written by himself and his peers.

In addition to performing, Pino teaches a small studio of students and is an active composer of electroacoustic music. He often writes music for instruments and interactive electronics, and collaborates in creating interdisciplinary works with dancers and film artists. Outside of music, Pino likes to spend time cooking, hammocking outdoors, and competing in food challenges.

Get to know Pino…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Cooking, Hammocking

Musical influences: Chet Baker, Bela Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, The Strokes

Favourite food: Sushi

Least favourite food: Peanut butter

Favourite music: Hip-Hop, Contemporary Classical

Favourite song: Alvin Row – Animal Collective

Favourite movie: Taxi Driver

Favouirite movie music: Taxi Driver OST

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Saint François d’Assise – Messiaen

Best quote from your teacher: “Play pretty.”

Favourite quote: “ Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Master Yoda

Favourite book: The Stand – Stephen King

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Watching young minds grow a bit more every week.

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August 21-26 Practice

Hi everyone, great to see you all again! Next week Jonny will be back, so have a look at this stuff for your next lesson.

Koel- This week, practice beats 7-12 on the 16th note open hi hat sheet, with fills on the sexond half of the beat like we did in the lesson. Next, try to learn all of the beats in Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, and play them one after another without stopping. Also, take a look at page 2 of the song and try to learn some of the new beats for next time. Here is the sheet music: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HEtEWV7zrtQmwWDyq0rGKLshfcuNYeRU/view?usp=sharing.

Elliot- Practice playing through Lesson 3 in big chunks this week. Start by repeating each beat four times then moving directly to the next one without stopping. To make it harder, try to do this with no repeats. Also, try to play through #25 with the repeats.

Sylvie- This week, working on playing through the 16 note open hi hat page without breaks in between beats. Start by repeating each beat a few times then moving to the next one. Eventually, try to do it without repeats. In addition, work on getting the new hi hat accent style up to speed with the Get Used To It beat. It sounded really good in the lesson, so keep practicing to get it fast too!

Jonathan- Here is a link to the sheet we were working out of yesterday (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_J3C97XTs-J1SCMUoSg_7C4KqQ9gCXPp/view?usp=sharing). From the Latin page, please work on Mambo, Bossa Nova, and Rhumba. From the Afro Reggae page, work on Afrocuban, Nanigo, and Samba Reggae. Remember the two ways to approach these (one instrument at a time and figuring out how they interlock, and cutting it up into smaller pieces then bringing them together). Some of them will certainly be tough at first but give it a little bit of time and you’ll have them down no problem.

Will- Try playing the 16th note open hi hat beats one after another. First, repeat each one 4 times then go on to the next one. Eventually, try to play through each one with no repeats and no stopping. Next, finish up learning all of the beats and fills in Watermelon Man.

Jonah- This week, play two new lines of the Syncopation page (the one that says 40-Bar Exercise) every day. First play it only on the snare drum, then around the kit with the kick drum playing the bottom line.

Aidan- Here is the whole 16th note open hi hat page (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lcS2duzhSfPkIw4FrzEuH8vFtqXOr2tX/view?usp=sharing). Tro to play it this week with the four different ways we talked about (switching between alternating sticks or one handed with funk accents, and switching between reading across the barline or adding fills). In addition, try practicing with only one part of your arm at a time like we did in the lesson. Start with just your shoulders, then forearm, then wrist, then fingers. You can do this with just one handed eighth notes or any other rhythm, just make sure you are using a metronome!

Thanks a lot for all of the great work these two weeks!
Pino

August 21st, 2020|

Practice for August 14-19

Hi everyone, it was great to see you all again yesterday! Thanks for working with me, Jonny will be very happy to see the progress we are making! Here is what I would like for you to work on for next time.

Sylvie- Try playing the 16th note open hi hat beats one after another. First, repeat each one 4 times then go on to the next one. Eventually, try to play through each one with no repeats and no stopping. Also, get the Get Used To It beat up to the actual song tempo, then you can play along with the song! Lastly, if you want, gather some instruments so we can do some improvising next time.

Jonthan- Here is a link to the sheet we were working out of yesterday (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_J3C97XTs-J1SCMUoSg_7C4KqQ9gCXPp/view?usp=sharing). From the Latin page, please work on Mambo, Bossa Nova, and Rhumba. From the Afro Reggae page, work on Afrocuban, Nanigo, and Samba Reggae. Remember the two ways to approach these (one instrument at a time and figuring out how they interlock, and cutting it up into smaller pieces then bringing them together). Some of them will certainly be tough at first but give it a little bit of time and you’ll have them down no problem.

Will- Try playing the 16th note open hi hat beats one after another. First, repeat each one 4 times then go on to the next one. Eventually, try to play through each one with no repeats and no stopping. For fun, throw in some fills when it feels musical. Here is the chart that Jonny wrote out for Watermelon Man (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xUMwcehd-hI2cW6jkCpKxp0jC-O6zSay/view?usp=sharing). Try to learn each beat on the page individually, then we’ll start to put them all together.

Jonah- Keep making up new beats and fills! This week, I want to hear even longer fills. Also, please work on this page (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y1Skf9t9pyb-7bCA1tF_uEAvMciW-nSU/view?usp=sharing). Play each line on the snare drum first, then play it arouind the kit as a fill.

Noah- As a warm up, practice these triplet patterns on the snare drum. The underlined letter is where the metronome clicks.
RLL RLL, LLR LLR, LRL LRL, RRL RRL, LRR LRR, RLR RLR. This video should help explaion a little better (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_YoBgH-dEZTg8k8uRgfsejiWahQ084wa/view?usp=sharing).
The goal is to have every note sound the same, even though the sticking changes. After your warm up, try playing along with Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door in your headphones. Now that you can play all of the material in the song, the best part is playing along with the band!

Samson- This week, work on the 8th note open hi hat beats. Try playing them across the row, meaning 1 and 2 together as one beat, then 3 and 4 together, and so on. Also, work on the 48 bar exercise by playing the rhythms on the snare drum first, then around the rest of the kit as a fill.

Aidan- Sorry we had to cut early this week, we’ll add some time to the next lesson to make up for it. It has made my life ten times better to have an ethernet cable now that the world is online. You may need an adapter for your computer to make it work but it will make all of your online meetings a lot more stable in the future. For practice, try to look at the 16th note open hi hat beats with the new accent pattern (Accents on beats, ghost notes on off beats). Also, try to use the snare drum triplet exercise as a warm up. The underlined letter is where the metronome clicks.
RLL RLL, LLR LLR, LRL LRL, RRL RRL, LRR LRR, RLR RLR. I made a video to explaion these two things a bit better (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WPLD-QvM7oMZ66tnLGt_3ga-ADo2NAXJ/view?usp=sharing).

Thanks a lot for the great lessons and I will see you all next week!
Pino

August 14th, 2020|

Preferred Books for Pino’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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4-Way Coordination

A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set

Cover of 4-Way Coordination: A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set

Proficiency as a drummer has always come from great hand dexterity. However, with the introduction of modern drumming techniques, it has become increasingly necessary to gain complete independence of both the hands and feet. With various rhythmic exercises in easy-to-read notation, 4-Way Coordination is designed to guide the drummer from simple patterns to advanced polyrhythms. Through the study of this method book, the student will gain invaluable listening skills and techniques that will provide insight to drumming in all styles.
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Rockin' Bass Drum, Bk 1

A Repertoire of Exciting Rhythmic Patterns to Develop Coordination For Today's Rock Styles

Cover of Rockin Bass Drum

Written in two volumes, these books include 2- and 4- bar rock and jazz-rock beats designed for the modern drummer. Both books are designed to develop the drummer’s skill in coordinating their hands and feet. The books also offer the drummer a repertoire of exciting rhythmic patterns.

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