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Play the spoons today! From Country to Techno (Really!) everything you need to know in one place

teacher avatar Simon Glenister, Professional Musician

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Lessons in This Class

22 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Introduction to the course

    • 2. Grip

    • 3. Other hand

    • 4. Dividing time

    • 5. Grab

    • 6. Play a long country

    • 7. Rudiments

    • 8. Techno

    • 9. Good habbits

    • 10. Keeping it steady

    • 11. Accents

    • 12. Different types of accents

    • 13. Folk

    • 14. Hands only - tonal variety

    • 15. Shifting accents around

    • 16. Rake - Flourish

    • 17. Rake excercise

    • 18. Tri per lets

    • 19. 1:16th note triplets

    • 20. Hip Hop spoons? :)

    • 21. Mouth

    • 22. Msg to spooners

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About This Class


People have played the spoons for as long as we have had them. Even before that people were banging bones together to make music. On the face of it it seems a simple and amusing instrument and in a good way it is. It never fails to make people smile and played well can produce some fascinating intricate rhythms.

This course will take you through simple basics like understanding how to hold the spoons and guide you through your first rhythms. We will do it in fun ways using some traditional spoon folk and country music of course but how about Spoons to Hip Hop? Techno? all these are catered for in this course, they are all fun and they all sound fantastic! You've not lived till you've seen Techno Spoons. what is important is you will have the skills to adapt this instrument to your kind of music - whatever it is.

The course will also underpin your basics skills with some hard learned drumming foundations, adapted for spoons, meaning you get the most out of the course and become a better player quicker. You'll be using skills taught by professional drummers to build more complex and intriguing rhythms. That means that you can really make people sit up and take notice of your playing and you can have a lifetime of fun showing with your skills.

If that's not enough we'll also show you all the tricks and flourishes that will make people want to talk to you after you've played to find out how you do it - the ultimate party trick.

Great for people wanting to learn their first instrument, remember rhythm is half of every musicians skill set (develop your rhythm skills and you can sound good on any instrument). Good for frustrated drummers who never got around to buying a kit, or accomplished drummers who want a new string to their bow.

Great as a gift and fantastic as a party trick to make yourself and others smile.

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Simon Glenister

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I have 20 years experience as an internationally touring musician. I've been lucky enough to have had 4 record contracts and appeared at major festivals all around the world. I've helped hundreds of people to realise that actually they can play an instrument, it's not an impossibility and it can be a lot of fun, and it can make you feel great about yourself.

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1. Introduction to the course: hype. Thank you for joining the course. Welcome. By the end of this course, you'll be able to identify which spoons gonna work best for you. You're gonna know how to hold them. Have to create your first rhythms. How to develop those rhythmic ideas on how to peace those ideas together so you can play along with other people. I want you to be able to adopt some classic drumming techniques to develop your playing. We're gonna look a different genres of music. I don't want to just get stuck in playing along to folk music or country music. I've seen some really creative stuff done with people playing to hear Popil to techno, you know, really quite interesting stuff. So don't confine yourself to just thinking you're going to be playing along to folk or country music on. Also, I'm gonna teach you how to add those flourishes that enhance your playing. The things that make you go. Wow. How did he do that? Okay, so that's what we're gonna do. I want you to take the course slowly. It's a bite sized chunks so you can do a little bit at a time. I want you to not try and rush things too much. If you try and do things too fast and you don't get it right, then you get shaky foundations. So if you take it slowly to begin with, then you're gonna have a great time, and by the end of it, you're gonna be a spoon play. 2. Grip : within this lesson, I'm gonna give you tips and suggestions on how to hold those spoons. Correct. This will give you a firm foundation to allow you to get the most out of the course without getting frustrated. Okay, so let's have a look. I'm gonna come over here to the camera. Let's look at that spoon first. Here's a classic spoon. What's nice about this spirit is that's gotta flared end. Okay, that's gonna make it a lot easier to hold and less likely to slip around. So find yourself a pair of those typical dessert spoon like this is great. Okay. Okay. So the first thing to do let's take a hand for the fingers apart like this looks a bit like the Star Trek salute. Live long and prosper. Okay. When we do this every thanks to fingers a pump, okay. And take your spoon, place it in there and wrap the bottom two fingers around it, holding it quite tight. Okay. It's not moving. Okay? It's no good. Anyway, what I want you to do then is create a mirror image of that spoon with your other spoon, placing it on the first knuckle there. Grouping you with fingers placing this time on top, adjusting it until it's not mirror image. Okay, it's exactly the same. You should be out toe, get your fingers between the teaspoons. Shouldn't be moving around. If it's doing this or this or is touching, it's not gonna work. Okay. Should be very image with space in between, Okay? And it's health fairly rigidly. And then when you bring it down, it bounces back into shape. Automatic. Okay, great that you guys, listen, practice that. 3. Other hand: Okay, Section three, introducing the other hand. So just recap and take out spirit place in a hand, create a mirror image. Check this space before its rigid I want I want you to do Let's bring it down on your leg by this. This shouldn't hurt, okay? I mean, when you're hitting yourself too hard, what we're gonna dio let's just keep a steady post so the hands really relax? What? The risk is recently relaxed here. The hand fairly tight. Keeping the shape of the soon so that they bounced back. And we're getting a clear hit. We're not getting this. Okay, well, this clear strikes. 1234 Keeping it steady. What we're gonna do in a minute, let's bring our hand in over the top so that when the spirit gets the top, it's gonna hit there as well. Okay, three guys. 123412 and three, and four. And 123412 and three. Tempore. On one, 234 So every time you get up here, you get to an end in between accounts of the whole numbers one and two on every. And it's the things you come up on the palm of your hand and every whole number one and two and three and four is landing on the thigh. 1234 It doesn't change at all When I bring my handed its active bringing my other hand in That changes it. 123412 and three and four on one through three. Pull! OK, give it a go. 4. Dividing time: Hi. OK, so dividing up time, It's something that musicians do as a means of being able to explain to other people what they're playing in case there's quite an important concept. But it could be quite a tricky one for somebody he's not played before. If I'm going to play a study post, I'm going to demonstrate what quarter notes might be if I'm counting. 1234 Let's call that a bar account of four is a bar. None to 34 Each of those hits 1234 is 1/4 of that bar. Okay, done. Quarter, 3/4 3 quarters, 4/4. That makes sense. One, 23 hole. There are four hits in that bar, so each one is 1/4. So we call that steady pulse quarter note. Okay, so if we were to play eighth notes, that will be twice as many notes in the same space of time. Okay, so I'm going to do is bring my hand over the top and do what we did earlier so that we double last strike rate. Okay, if I'm playing quarter notes one, 234 If I bring my other hand and place it over top. We're gonna change that toe. Eighth notes. 1234 On one, 2341234123 16. Notes is double what we were doing without eight nights. Okay, so I'm gonna have my hand here, but I'm gonna play twice as fast here. So start with quarter notes. Bingo. 2/8 notes and then change to 16th. Notes. Quarter notes to three for eight. Notes. 1234 on 2020 and 21. Want to country? I Okay, Okay. I hope that's clear. 5. Grab: Okay, let's talk about what happens when things start to go wrong. Maybe you're holding your spirits and they start to slip around while you're playing. It starts not to sounds again. What we do? Well, one of the things we can do is something called the grab. And that's your play. You grab the spirits and sort out the grip whilst your plane. Okay, So by pulling and pushing just a little bit while you're playing, you can keep the momentum of the plane. But you can also adjust your grip of it. So if you're sliding around a bit, feels be awkward. You can grab the spoons and you go push this way If this is the problem or push this way making the spoons that mirror image. Okay, grab it. You got on the top, you grab it underneath. Simple solution. 6. Play a long country: Okay, So the most fun thing about spoons is that you get to play along with other people on. There are lots of different types of music out there, and I don't want you to get caught in the trap of thinking that you can only use spoons to play along to focal country music. I've seen not to people playing along Teoh techno or metal or hip hop. You know, there are all sorts of different things or types of music that people will play along. Just gonna recap what we've done so far. And then I'm gonna play some music. I'm gonna start with some country music. Why, No on. I want you to use the things that I've taught you so far and try and play along with the music. Improvise. Have fun with it on. So you're gonna get your grip right. Okay. You're gonna remember that you've got single strikes on double strikes. You're gonna remember your subdivisions of time for tonight. Take notes. 60 minutes. I want you to have some fun. Yeah, 7. Rudiments: rudiments are tools that for hundreds of years, drummers had developed and they helped drummers get used to playing different patterns, which enables them to be more fluid on enables them to be better players. We're gonna show you a few that will help you become a more flexible SPOON player. It will develop your ability to be able to think of a rhythm and then to be able to play that rhythm. So you've already learned one rudiments, which is what I would call a single stroke rudiments. So it's just three no one to Okay, just single hits. Nothing more complicated than that. Okay, how about a double stroke? So here we go. We're gonna hit twice. If you think about it. Every rhythm is either a combination of somebody hitting something once or twice. You can always break it down to those two basic fundamentals. Okay, so single hits, we'll double hit. No, it might be that you want to bring your hand in and do a double hit with a hand. So do some singles and then doubles. We might just do it by hand, always remaining constant with that tempo. Okay. It's a slightly more advanced rudiments. It's called a Parad. It'll, uh, on it goes like this. Cargo did to Carver. Ditto poverty. It sounds like it plays. Okay, It's a mixture of single and double hits. So we're gonna go down on the leg, up on the hand. That's the huh? But it's both single hits, and they were going to do a double hit on our leg. That's a far we've got time. We could do the same again, huh? It. Okay, so we're gonna up on the hand, down on the leg, double on hand. Okay. When you thought getting that up to a bit of speed sounds to start to sound quite interesting. Let me just run through that again right out on the screen so you can see it. Ha. Uh, go single, single double. And then the opposite single, single, double tithe. Give it a well, see how you get on with that. It might be something you get better at later on. And I would certainly at this point concentrate. Just keep you going steady. I mean, you have three doubles. Okay. However you want to do them, we'll just be aware that you can start to become more complicated with it when he start introducing things like parroted als. Okay, 8. Techno: Hi. So we're gonna play along to some techno. I've been tricked video of the guy playing along to techno. Uh, we have been practicing fighting a part time, so hopefully you've got that down pat. As I said before, the most fun we have is when we're playing along to music. So in a minute, I'm going to start track Elektronik on Why I want to do is to practice the things we've been doing. So those divisions singles doubles, put it all together and have some fun playing music a little and 9. Good habbits: a good habit to get into is that when things start falling apart and you find you can't do something rather than remain at that speed, you should pull it back a bit, making a little bit slower so that you can successfully do what you're trying to do. OK, the reason is you need to give your body a chance to remember what it is you're doing. It's muscle memory that we're trying to work on. Okay, so let's take those, um, 16th notes. If you're executing them cleanly like that, then you can try a little bit faster. No, it might be, if you try it a little bit faster. Still, it starts to fall apart. You can't quite manage. It may be your spoon. Start to slip or your hands start to get too sweaty. Uh, or maybe it's just not constantly getting faster and slower when against that point, where it starts to fall apart, just bring it back to a point where you can execute it cleanly, okay, and that is a really good habit to get into, and soon you're fine that you'll be able to build up the speed on. You'll get quicker and faster and cleaner, and it'll sound better 10. Keeping it steady: Okay, so playing the spoons is about playing with other people. That's where you have the most fun. But you need to be aware of the need to keep a steady tempo. That just means not getting faster or getting slower and needs to stay the same. OK, you are the rock to which everybody else is playing, Teoh. So I'm gonna give you some drumming basics. The first thing to do is to play along to something that you know it's steady. So I want you to either play along to the Metrodome, sound that you're gonna here in a minute, or I want you to find a piece of music to play along to, and I want you to just keep a steady pulse. 123 are starting to practice. Keeping into nothing will complicate them. If you have money before it can take a while to get used. Okay, you might want to get an app on your phone. There are plenty of free metro names out there that you can play along to Or is this that you might just want to use your favorite bit of music? OK, but practice keeping it steady 11. Accents: Let's talk about becoming a little bit more musical. We're gonna use something called accents. Okay, Now, an accent is is what it says. We accent a beat by making it louder than the others around it. OK, so if I'm playing quarter notes 1234 on 234 in a minute we're gonna do is I'm gonna access the one. 12341234123 123 Okay, The accent is just a slightly louder hit in normal Western traditional on also popular, mainly popular music. We accent the two in the four. Okay. Who? Okay, just so you know. Um okay, so here we go. Let's try and keep that going on three. Let's try changing where we hit the accent. So I will do the one on the three on this leg On the turn before, on this, Like 12341234123412 Okay, once you've got that sorted, you might want to try doing it with eighth notes. Okay. 1234123412 and four. And what we could do. The two in the four again. One. Those accents 12. Different types of accents: Okay, so now we talked about what accents are. Let's explain that there are different ways of playing accents as well. So I'm just playing like this tip of the spoon. Take my leg if I shifted slightly so that the cup of spoon lines on my leg. Yes, all the different sound. Well, maybe I'm doing a night with my aunt and I shift my top hand slightly to cup. Create an accent like that or am I A. That creates a sharper sound. Move my hand into So that's a karate shop. Shape karate chop ship. Different accent it sound. Play around with it. There are lots of different ways you can hit the spoons against your body to get slightly different tonal variations, and you can use those as accents to bring color and depth and interest to the rhythms that you're playing. 13. Folk: Okay, so we've covered some interesting techniques there in the becoming Mawr musical section. We've looked at accents. We've picked it different ways of creating those accents, and we've looked at moving those accents around. We've looked at using her hands only to create a different tonal effect. What I would like you to do now is to choose some of those techniques. I've got some music, and I'm about to play folk music, and I want you to try and use some of them experiment. What I would suggest is that you just focus on one or two elements. Practice those. If the music is too fast or the music is too slow, find some of your own to play along with. Always remember to practice at the speed at which you are comfortable with. You can try and push that envelope a little bit on. That's good, but when it starts to fall apart, bring it back to a speed that you can handle on very, very soon you'll be able to build up, so that's just recap. We're gonna be doing subdivisions of time for tonight. Eight night 60. We're gonna be doing accents accenting the one or the two or the three or four or the hands in between one and two and three and four on, or if we're really brave weaken. Do 16th note accents and we can choose and one e and any one of those subdivisions toe accent that's quite advanced. But that's what you should be aiming for eventually. And we're also looking at doing some hands only work. And if you start to slip, don't forget the grab. Hasten folk music. Have a blast wave called Devil's Number? I received No answer. Should have expected it. After all, I have no, I've always been I never messed around demons. I don't think it's wrong if it's for the right reasons. I have no other option at this time. Brendsel think strain Is everything in my life, Zeman, Riri. Things just a little for a change. - No way 14. Hands only - tonal variety: Okay, so at the moment, everything's been a mixture of is he on the lake using a combination of the two? What I want to try now is to use just the hand, just the left hand or the right hand. You're going the other way around. The reason is that it creates a slightly lighter sound when it does between the leg and the hand, which means that gives you some variation, which means it can sound different, which as interest, what you're doing. And it looks good as well. So we're just playing normally this on. I wanted to switch to using my hands. I will do this. There's a bit of a rocking motion. I'm catching with my thumb and hissing with my starting a bit faster. Starting eighth notes. They're just cupping the house like that. Maybe in between. Thanks. I have some fun with that Troy that just another different techniques throwing, adding a tonal variation to what you're doing 15. Shifting accents around: Okay, So now we looked at what accents are on. We've looked at different types of accents. What I'm gonna look at now is a little bit more tricky, and it's gonna be moving that accent around. So this is an exercise I'm gonna show you that's going to make you a better player, because it's gonna make you a more flexible player. Okay, we're gonna do is I'm gonna play just quarter notes on the first time I go around a bar account of four. I'm gonna access the one done. The second time I play a bar. I'm gonna access the to No. 123 The third time I play, I'm gonna access the three. 123 and the fourth time I'm gonna access the full 123 tall. Okay, let's try that. Let's see how that goes. 123412341234123 Okay. 1234123412341234 Now we're gonna try and loop it. The thing to watch out for here is that you finish on an accent it for and then jump straight to an accented one as you start again. So 12341234123412341234 Okay, try and keep that going on and see how you go. After you got that down. We'll try and do it with eight minutes. Okay. One and two country and four on one on two MPRI for on 123412312 Okay, You can see how it shifts around as you move through the four bars. Might be interesting if you want to try accenting different things, so it might be that you start accenting the ends. 16. Rake - Flourish: Okay, so this is the wreck. What we're doing is holding out spoons. Normal grip, splaying out our fingers, keeping them quite stiff and dragging them across on ending on the thigh. A couple of things that make this a bit easier. I think the first is actually not to hold the top spoon too tightly. You hold it too tightly. Doesn't quite work on. Also, I tend to push this finger back so I don't drag across it. So I'm just doing that one. That finger laughing, remapping. It's three things, rather the forefinger aiming for that definition of all the hit. It's the flourish that people seeing Oh wow, that looks cool on it was used pretty well. If you saw the video with the guy playing onto techno, he used it really effectively. It's definitely one you should practice on having your canon of spoon playing moves. Definitely. So go away. Give it a practice 17. Rake excercise: Okay. Here's a simple exercise to practise that rake with It's not doing it on the 11234123412341234 Okay, we're gonna do eight nights. What we need to be wary off here is giving ourselves enough time to get up into the right position. We're gonna go one on two on three and four and we're not gonna do the four. And we're just gonna leave that free to give us time to get to the rake. Something four Onda without playing. Rake on the 1123 and four. And 1234 on one on Cooper and 3 to 4. Ok, OK, do sixties. Same to you. We learned on the four on Leave that space to get its Give us enough time to get up to the rate 100 movie and greedy for money and moody. And three and 4 20 and hands free and full. Try mixing things up. Okay, give out. Well, 18. Tri per lets: Okay. We're gonna talk about triplets, triplets or another subdivision of time that dramas use on other musicians. What a triple it is. It's the squeezing of three notes into the space normally occupied by two notes. Okay, on when we changed to a trip politic is a different feel to the music. It gives a lilting feel. Okay. His ah, straight notes. Three 1234 BC Were playing coordinates. If we're going to place, um, quarter note triplets. It would sound like this. 12341234 And that's how we gonna count it. We're gonna say tripper, lip trick, pearl it on. That keeps us in time. Okay, coordinates again. 1234 You see how I'm playing? The triple It is by striking my thigh twice and then hitting with my hand on the third. Let of the triple it trip way were to do it with eighth notes by 12341234 Okay, gives a nice field. If we were going to do 16th notes without triplets, then it changes again. That's really quite quick on. I find this technique for playing triplets of that speed is really, really hard. It's possible, but it's quite hard on. It's easier to switch to another technique on the technique that I use is to cut my hand like this. Okay, don't listen to it. C shape, strike the thigh, Catch my thumb for the purpose of the trip Pearl it and bring the spoons down on my fingers for the net. Pretty until you get this rocking motion with your hand. And if you can coordinate it or you can get quite quick. Okay, If we doing 20 under three and a pretty and okay so that we get triplets as coordinates triplets as nights triplets at 68 nights go and practice. 19. 1:16th note triplets: if we were going to do 16th notes without triplets, then it changes again. That's really quite quick on. I find this technique for playing triplets of that speed is really, really hard. It's possible, but it's quite hard on. It's easier to switch to another technique on the technique that I use is to cut my hand like this. Okay, don't listen to it. C shape strike the thigh, Catch my thumb for the purpose of the trip Pearl it and bring the spoons down on my fingers for the net. Pretty until you get this rocking motion with your hand. And if you can coordinate it or you can get quite quick. Okay, if we doing 20 under three and a pretty and quality Okay. So that we get triplets as coordinates. Triplets as ignites triplets. Six. Think nights go and practice 20. Hip Hop spoons? :): Okay. So as you gathered, I don't like to keep it just to focus on country music things. Time you're gonna practice all the things that we've been learning all the skills. And we're going to use those to play along with some hip hop. Okay, Hip hop's slower. Generally tends to be around 90 beats per minute. I want you to be using those triplets using those accents on. Just stop playing around with it. I would suggest that you try not to be too complicated. It's all about the groove. Okay, So simple flowing, groovy grown ups and fun. 21. Mouth: Here's a trick that people seem to like using your mouth a Z ah, sound hole, burying the shape of your mouth whilst you're hitting It creates this effect. Okay, again, don't. He's too hard. But that could be quite a lot of fun and makes people sit up and take notice. So that's pretty much all of the flourishes and tricks that we're gonna show you for this course. I've got one more message for you in the next video on yet. Enjoy your spoon play. 22. Msg to spooners: congratulations. You made it through the course. I hope you had a lot of fun. And I hope you're gonna take those skills out into the wide world. Taken to those parties. Annoy those guitarists. Andi Have a lot of fun doing it. If you are interested in taking it any further, then I've been experimenting with this recently, which is a very simple, cheap acoustic pick up. I think it costs about £6.7 pounds that I'm then plugging into amplifiers and effects pedals, playing with electric spoons. If you're interested, I'm going to experiment a bit more and I'll be having it on my block, which is a www dot learn spoons dot com. Go and check it out. Could be the next thing who knows? But the important thing is that you have a lot of fun on that. You're gonna go and have a lot of fun with those skills. So I'll see you around if you want to send me stuff, video yourselves playing. Then again at that same address. Do that. I would love to see what you are up to. OK, so thanks a lot. We'll see. You sit