Robert Kirsch-Spring

, Drums, •DrumsRobert Kirsch-Spring
Robert Kirsch-SpringABC Academy of Music2018-08-28T22:01:17+00:00

Project Description

B.Ed. Music (York U – in progress)
B.A. (University of Guelph)

Rob is a drummer and composer, specializing in jazz, free music, R&B, funk and folk music. He has composed for and recorded with the likes of Bolete, Emily & the Mainlanders, Vulpis Vulpis, Sam Keshen and the Vybe Tribe. He is currently completing York University’s Bachelor of Education program, after which he will be a certified high school music teacher.

Rob’s approach to teaching uses the interests of his students as media for learning musical concepts and techniques. Together, he and his students extract lessons from a list of songs and genres that the student puts together. Rob develops his students’ “ear” for aural learning as well as their ability learn from written notation. Composition and improvisation are ongoing focuses of his teaching.

Get to know TEACHER…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: exercising, reading

Musical influences: ?Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, River Tiber, Miles Davis, John Mayer, D’Angelo

Favourite food: ?Chinese

Least favourite food: ?Sardines!

Favourite music: ?R&B

Favourite song: ?Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

Favourite movie: ? Zoolander

Favourite movie music: The Garden State soundtrack is top notch.

Favourite musical theatre/opera: I have yet to find one I like!

Best quote from your teacher: “Thinking is for practicing, not performing.”

Favourite quote: ?”Only the Sith deal in absolutes.” – Obi Wan

Favourite book: ?The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn

Latest Homework from Robert

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HOMEWORK – LAST WEEK

Hey everyone. Sorry for the late post.

Rob

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Kaden

Do “horse gallop” rhythm with your right hand on ride cymbal while counting quarter notes out loud. Play along to Believer by Imagine Dragons.

Mateo

“Basic Beats” sheet

  • Write which drum/cymbal you play next to each note.
  • Use “H” for hi-hat, “S” for snare drum or “B” for bass drum.

Ella

Same homework as last week.

Sylvie

Practice all Basic Beats along to Mugenmirai by Perfume.

JUNE 13-18 HOMEWORK

Kaden

“Working up to jazz” sheet

Mateo

Same homework as last week.

Ella

Rudiments

  • Play 8th-notes with your right hand on the hi-hat only. Play along to “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam.
  • Play all the paradiddles with the accents and without them. Play along to “Do the Evolution” by Pearl Jam.

Wishlist

  • Count quarter notes out loud (1, 2, 3, 4).
  • Play along to a metronome where quarter notes = 100 bpm. Work your way up to 116 bpm (the song’s actual tempo).

“Hotel California – Filling” worksheet

  • Lines #3-7
  • Play along to a metronome where 8th notes = 110 bpm.
  • Count quarter notes out loud for one bar before you come in and continue as you play.

Sylvie

Same homework as last week except get the Basic Beats patterns up to 155 bpm and the 6/8 patterns up to 90 bpm.

JUNE 6 – 11 HOMEWORK

Kaden

“Working up to jazz” sheet

Mateo

“Basic Beats” sheet

  • Write which drum/cymbal you play next to each note.
  • Use “H” for hi-hat, “S” for snare drum or “B” for bass drum.

Ella

Wishlist

  • Count quarter notes out loud (1, 2, 3, 4).
  • Either practice along to the recording or start slower with a metronome and build up you speed. It’s your choice.
  • For the metronome, start at 100 bpm or slower and work your way up to 116 (the song’s actual tempo).

“Hotel California – Filling” worksheet

  • Play to a metronome. Start at 110 and bump up the speed by 5 bpm until you get to 145 (the song’s actual tempo).
  • Also play along to a metronome at 110 bpm for the filling exercises. You don’t have to increase the tempo if you don’t want to; it’s your choice.
  • Count 8th notes out loud for one bar before you come in AND continue as you play.
  • Remember: other than making sure you’re playing in time, don’t think about what you’re going to play for your drum fill. Just let it come naturally and follow your body.

Sylvie

“Basic Beats” worksheet, all patterns

  • Count 8th notes out loud for one bar before you come in AND continue as you play.
  • Play to a metronome at 8th notes = 120 bpm. Once you have played through all the patterns, play them again but at 115 bpm. Then 120 bpm. Do this until you get to 145.
  • Instead of playing the hi-hat for everything, play the ride cymbal.

6/8 Pattern

  • Play along to a metronome where 8th notes = 60 bpm. Try to get it faster, at least to 80 bpm.
  • Right hand on ride cymbal.

MAY 30 – JUNE 4 HOMEWORK

Hi everyone. Here is the practise log for the next 4 weeks. Please bring it to your next lesson. Thanks! -Rob

Kaden

“Working up to Jazz” worksheet, #1-4 only

  • Play along to a metronome where clicks = triplets at 80 bpm. Once you have played through the four lines at this tempo, play them all again but 5 bpm faster. Do this until you are playing them at 125 bpm.
  • For the 4th line, I want you to be able to play it at 150 bpm. I know that sounds fast, but we’re going to eventually start using the metronome as quarter notes instead of triplets. 150 bpm of triplets = 50 bpm of quarter notes. 50 bpm? Piece of cake.
  • Count triplets out loud for one bar before you come in AND continue as you play.
  • Right hand on the ride cymbal.

Mateo

“1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +” Pattern

  • Count out loud one time through before you come in AND continue as you play.
  • Play the hi-hat on every beat.
  • When you’re ready, add the bass drum on beats 1 and 3.
  • When you’re ready, add the snare drum on beats 2 and 4.
  • Play along to a metronome. Start at 70 bpm and work your way up to 100.

Ella

Please prepare a list of 5 songs you’d like to learn to play.

“Hotel California – Filling” worksheet

  • Count 8th notes out loud for one bar before you come in AND continue as you play.
  • I want you to be able to play the main beat (#1) along to a metronome at 8th note = 160 bpm. Start at 110 and bump up the speed by 5 bpm until you get to 145 (the song’s actual tempo). This will take time. Try to get it a little faster each time you practise.
  • Also play along to a metronome at 110 bpm for the filling exercises. You don’t have to increase the tempo if you don’t want to; it’s your choice.
  • Remember: other than making sure you’re playing in time, don’t think about what you’re going to play for your drum fill. Just let it come naturally and follow your body.

Sylvie

“Basic Beats” worksheet, all patterns

  • Count 8th notes out loud for one bar before you come in AND continue as you play.
  • Play to a metronome at 8th notes = 110 bpm. Once you have played through all the patterns, play them again but at 115 bpm. Then 120 bpm. Do this until you get to 135.

 

MAY 23-28 HOMEWORK

Kaden

“Triplets” worksheet

  • Count triplets out loud.
  • Play quarter notes on the bass drum.
  • When you’re first practising these patterns, you can use what ever sticking is easiest, but I eventually want you to be able to play them using alternate sticking (both R-L-R-L-… and L-R-L-R-…).
  • Play along to a metronome at 110 where each click is a triplet (not a quarter note). Then bump the tempo up to 115. Then 120. Then play along to Gravity by John Mayer.

Mateo

“1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +” Pattern

  • Play the hi-hat on every beat.
  • When you’re ready, add the bass drum on beats 1 and 3.
  • When you’re ready, add the snare drum on beats 2 and 4.
  • Play along to a metronome. Start at 70 bpm and work your way up to 100.

Ella

In general, be careful not to “drag the time” (slow down). Pay attention to this in your practising.

“Hotel California – Filling” worksheet

  • Try practising along to the recording. If it’s too fast, you can play the patterns more slowly with a metronome. The song’s tempo (speed) is 75 bpm, so if you’re using the metronome, try playing  it at 70. If that’s still too fast, slow it down more.
  • Your fills must be in time with the music/metronome.
  • Use a variety of drums in your fills.
  • Use a variety of rhythms in your fills (8th notes, quarter notes, 16th notes, rests, etc.).

Sylvie

“Basic Beats” worksheet, #5-9

  • Count “1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +” out loud.
  • Play to a metronome where each click equals an 8th note – “1” (click), “and” (click), “2” (click), “and” (click), “3” (click), “and” (click), “4” (click), “and” (click). Start with the metronome at 70 bpm. Once you’re comfortable at that speed, bump it up to 75 bpm. Then 80 bpm. Do this until you get to 100. You don’t need to go faster than that.

MAY 16-21 HOMEWORK

Kaden

“Triplets” worksheet

  • Count triplets out loud.
  • Play quarter notes on the bass drum.
  • When you’re first practising these patterns, you can use what ever sticking is easiest, but I eventually want you to be able to play them using alternate sticking (both R-L-R-L-… and L-R-L-R-…).
  • Play along to a metronome at 110 where each click is a triplet (not a quarter note). Then bump the tempo up to 115. Then 120. Then play along to Gravity by John Mayer.

Mateo

For Mom: Here is an article written by a music educator that offers insights about motivating children to practice. The author recommends that the success of a practise session be measured by the musical goals accomplished and not by how long the practising went on for. This is why I have stopped assigning a designated time length for practising (no more 30 minutes per day, etc.). Using this approach, Mateo would establish goals for each practise session by choosing which parts of the homework he would like to practise that day. I am reluctant to include a day-by-day practise schedule in these homework posts because it may be too inflexible for Mateo, or any child, to properly follow. Because Mateo knows his schedule better than I do, I think it would be best for Mateo, or you and Mateo, to divide the homework according to how many days he expects himself to practise that week. What do you think of this? You can reach me at [email protected] if you would like to chat.

“1, 2” Pattern

  • Play along to a metronome. Put it at 70 bpm (beats per minute).
  • Count each number at the same time the metronome clicks – “1” (click), “2” (click).
  • When you can play the patterns at that speed, put the metronome to 75 bpm and do it again. When you can do that, play the patterns at 80 bpm. Continue to increase the speed by increments of 5 bpm until you get to 100.

“1 + 2 +” (1 and 2 and) Pattern

  • When you see a plus sign (+), it just means “and”.
  • Play the hi-hat on everything (1, and, 2, and).
  • When you’re ready, add the bass drum on beat 1.
  • When you’re ready, add the snare drum on beat 2.
  • Play along to the metronome. Count the clicks with “1 and 2 and”. Each click is a note – “1” (click), “and” (click), “2” (click), “and” (click). Again: start at 70 bpm and work your way up to 100.

Ella

“Hotel California – Filling” worksheet

  • Try practising along to the recording. If it’s too fast, you can play the patterns more slowly with a metronome. The song’s tempo (speed) is 75 bpm, so try playing  it at 70. If that’s still too fast, slow it down more.
  • Your fills must be in time with the music.
  • Use a variety of drums in your fills.
  • Use a variety of rhythms in your fills (8th notes, quarter notes, 16th notes, rests, etc.).

Sylvie

“Basic Beats” worksheet

  • Count “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and” out loud.
  • Sometimes play with a metronome. Sometimes play without one.
  • When you play with a metronome, your counting and the metronome’s clicking should line up. Each click is a note – “1” (click), “and” (click), “2” (click), “and” (click), “3” (click), “and” (click), “4” (click), “and” (click). Start with the metronome at 60 bpm (beats per minute). Once you’re comfortable at that speed, bump it up to 65 bpm. Then 70 bpm. Do this until you get to 80. You don’t need to go faster than that.
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September 20-25

Ezra

Play triplets on the snare drum or floor tom (you choose), alternating your hands (left, right, left right, etc.). Count “1-trip-let, 2-trip-let, 3-trip-let” out loud as you play. Play along to a metronome at 50 bpm and try to get it up to 70 bpm. If you don’t have a metronome, you can use this online one.

Elora

Make sure you know which 5 songs you want to learn to play. We’ll be discussing them on Wednesday.

For lessons tomorrow

Hey Ezra and Elora,

I already told Ezra this, but I would like both of you to come to your lesson tomorrow with at least 5 songs that you would like to learn to play (or that you just enjoy). The level of difficulty doesn’t matter; I can teach you easier versions of the drum parts that still sound good when you play them along to the song.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Rob

JUNE 8-13 HOMEWORK

Hi everyone. Please print this new practice log for the coming weeks. Bring it to every lesson and don’t forget to have a parent/guardian sign off on each day, even if you didn’t practice. Thanks!   -Rob

Ezra

Basic Beats + fills

  • Before you start playing, listen to the song for a bit and try to identify when the snare drum is playing. This will tell you where beats “2” and “4” are.
  • Count 8th notes out loud
  • Using the “Basic Beats” patterns, play 2 bars of the pattern followed by 2 bars of filling. I want you to improvise the fills (make them up on the spot)
  • Play along to What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • Remember to focus more on listening to the recording than your own playing. This will keep you in time.

Counting Craziness

  • Exercises 1-4
  • Repeat and add bass drum
  • Play along to a metronome at quarter notes = 60 bpm. Increase the tempo by 5 bpm increments until you can play it at 80 bpm

Elora

“Counting Craziness” worksheet

  • Play along to a metronome where 8th notes = 120 bpm. Increase the tempo by 5 bpm increments until you can play it at 140 bpm

Basic Beats

  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing and continue as you play.
  • Play along to a metronome where 8th notes = 150 bpm. You can try going even faster but it’s up to you.

Isobel

Remember to plug your headphones into the drum mat. Have a speaker/computer/tablet/etc. next to you to play the song out of.

Dynamite

  • Play along to Dynamite by Taio Cruz.
  • Here are the patterns written out. Pattern 1 is played during the verses and choruses, and pattern 2 is played during the “bridge” (2 minutes into the linked video). The bridge finishes at the 3-minute mark, which is when you should go back to playing pattern 1.

Ewan

To properly use your drum mat, you need to sit on a chair where your feet touch the floor. Put your drum mat on a second chair in front of you. Because it’s difficult to hear the bass drum when it’s coming out of the drum mat’s built-in speaker, you should use headphones. They make the bass drum sound louder. Plug your headphones into the back of the speaker where it says “headphones”. Have a speaker/computer/tablet/etc. next to you to play the song out of.

Dynamite

  • Play along to Dynamite by Taio Cruz.
  • Here are the patterns written out. Pattern 1 is played during the verses and choruses, and pattern 2 is played during the “bridge” (2 minutes into the linked video). The bridge finishes at the 3-minute mark, which is when you should go back to playing pattern 1.

 

JUNE 1 – 6 HOMEWORK

Ezra

Same homework as last week.

Elora

Same homework as last week.

Ewan and Isobel

Please bring your drum mat and its accessories to our lesson.

FOR ISOBEL AND EWAN ONLY

Please bring your drum mat to your lessons. Thank you.

MAY 25-30 HOMEWORK

Ezra

Best Song Ever pattern #9

  • Count 8th notes out loud.
  • Practice with a metronome. The clicks are quarter notes. Start at 45 bpm. Once you have played through all the patterns, do it again but with the metronome at 50 bpm. Then at 55, etc., until you get to 80. Don’t go faster than that.
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the pattern.

Basic Beats + fills

  • Using the “Basic Beats” patterns, play 2 bars of the pattern followed by 2 bars of filling. I want you to improvise the fills (make them up on the spot). We did something similar in our lesson a few weeks ago. To keep your fills simple, you can start by playing quarter notes around the drums set. Then, try using a combination of quarter notes and rests. Then, try adding in 8th notes. Experiment.
  • Play along to What I Like by Bruno Mars.

Elora

Basic Beats

  • Count 8th notes out loud as you play (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and).
  • Play along to a metronome at 90 bpm. Each click equals an 8th note.
  • Once you have played through all the patterns, play them again but with the metronome at 100 bpm. Then at 110, etc., until you get to 140. You can try going even faster but it’s up to you.
  • Count one bar of 8th notes before you start playing the patterns.
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