Discover the fun of Spoon playing, a beginners course
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Discover the fun of Spoon playing, a beginners course

Covers all you need to know. In this you can play spoons to everything from folk to hip hop, Dubstep to Trance - really!
4.7 (16 ratings)
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715 students enrolled
Created by Simon Glenister
Last updated 6/2015
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will be able to Identify which spoons will work best for you
  • How to hold them.
  • How to create your first rhythms
  • How to develop your own rhythmic idea’s
  • How to piece those Idea’s together.
  • How to adopt drumming techniques to develop your playing
  • How to play along with different genres of music
  • How to add flourishes that will enhance your rhythms and performances
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Requirements
  • Students should have access to a pair of spoons...tricky I know..
  • Students should have a quiet space to practice in, and/or understanding pets, partners, spouses or children..not necessarily in that order
Description

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? We've got all that and more covered. 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 drumming foundations, from a professional drummer of 20 years, adapted for spoons, meaning you get the most out of the course and become a better player quicker. You'll be using skills to build ever 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 off 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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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who likes up-cycled (otherwise known as free) instruments
  • Anyone wanting to have fun with a simple instrument, that can be oddly impressive and engaging, should take it
  • Anyone that likes the idea of an instrument that you can easily lay your hands on anywhere should certainly take it.
  • Anyone that’s either too cheap to buy a drum kit or can’t be bothered to carry theirs around (After 20 years pIaying drums I put myself firmly in this camp) should certainly stay!
  • Anyone who is too cool for school probably shouldn’t.
  • To avoid disappointment, anyone hoping to impress the opposite sex should probably stay away too.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Learn to play spoons: A fun and comprehensive guide
1 Lecture 01:10

I'll go over the broad topics we'll cover in the course, as well as review the supplemental material and assignments. I'll also touch on why the course will help students, and what they'll get out of it once they've completed it.

Introduction - let's get started
01:10
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Developing you grip
1 Lecture 01:53

Tips and suggestions on how to hold the spoons correctly. This will give you a firm foundation to allow you to get the most out of the course without getting frustrated.

Developing your grip
01:53
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Introduce your other hand
4 Lectures 11:18

Double the strike rate of your spoons by bringing your other hand over the top of your spoon hand. This technique is the key to getting those spoons sounding really fast and making people go wow!

Use your other hand to create a classic spoon rhythm
02:24

This can be a tricky concept but musicians have ways of dividing up time. Typically, at a beginners level they call these divisions 1/4 notes, 1/8th notes and 1/16th notes. Don't worry we will show you how to play them and easy ways to count them in your playing so you don't get confused.

Dividing time up into segments to understand how rhythms are put together
02:56

Every now and then your spoons will start to slip. It might be your hands starting to get a bit slippy or it might be catching the spoon awkwardly. This simple tip will help you overcome that problem without having to stop.

The Grab
01:08

Here's a quick example then some music for you to play along with. Remember we want to use the techniques we have covered so far, different divisions of time 1/4 note, 1/8th notes and 1/16th notes and we want to keep it in time!

Play along to some County music
04:50
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Drumming basics
5 Lectures 13:19

Playing along with a steady tempo can improve your timing and make playing with others more enjoyable. It will be more enjoyable for them to play with you too!

Some drumming basics applied to the spoons
01:36

For hundreds of years drummers have developed teaching tools called rudiments. We will 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 be able to play that rhythm

Rudiments - drummer teaching tools
04:17

Start slowly and make sure you can execute your rhythm well. Then slowly build up the speed until you get to a point where it starts to fall apart. Slow it down a little and keep trying until it becomes natural. Every time it falls apart slow it down a bit and build the speed slowly.

Practice at a speed that works for you
01:16

Someone playing along to Techno - check this guy out - he is fantastic!
00:11

Here's a quick example then some music for you to play along with. Remember we want to use the techniques we have covered so far and we want to keep it in time! And move those accents around

Play along to some Techno music
05:59
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Becoming more musical
5 Lectures 14:10

Let's change how hard we strike the spoons to create different dynamics. This will create light and shade in the rhythms that we play and will make our rhythms more interesting to listen to and play.

Accents
02:38

Slightly different sounds can achieved by striking different areas of the body and spoon. This is another device for bringing a bit more tonal difference to the rhythms we play.

Different types of accent
01:43

Play along to this pattern, I'll be changing where the accent lands and where the spoon is struck. This is really good practice

Moving that accent around
03:25

Moving the spoons in between the cupped other hand creates a nicely lighter sound that really sounds great in amongst some of the other techniques. It's pretty simple to do but like a lot of these techniques, and this is true of kit drumming as well, it's power comes when you are able to execute it at a bit of speed.

'Hands only' means you have more options for tonal variety
01:43

Here's a quick example then some music for you to play along with. Remember we want to use the techniques we have covered so far and we want to keep it in time! Put those hands only bits in and some accents!

Play along to some Folk music
04:41
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Flourish one!
2 Lectures 02:51

A flourish that uses 2, 3 or 4 or Fingers to produce a drum roll effect with the hand. This is the one everyone wants to learn and it sounds great when you throw it into a rhythm, if you pull it off nicely.

The Rake
01:14

Play along to this exercise that combines elements of previous lessons. 1/4 nots, 1/8 notes, 1/16 notes and the Rake.

You should really start to be sounding like a spoon player now!

Exercise with Rake example and music
01:37
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Triplets
4 Lectures 06:07
Triplet as a quarter note and 1/8th notes: and how to count them easily
01:59

1/16th notes
01:32

Here's a quick example then some music for you to play along with. Remember we want to use the techniques we have covered so far and we want to keep it in time! Try to feel the swing of the music - not quite so rigid as the Techno examle, there should be a slight swing to it.

Put in those new techniques - Trip-er-lets and Rakes - try not to overdo them though. Remember your job is to hold the rhythm down - unless you are in a prog rock spoon band in which case errrr wow...... and..... errr go crazy. I have to break it to you gently though you are not the first Prog Rock spoon dude or dudette. Check out the video in the next lesson. He was an early learn spoons graduate obviously...:)

Play along to some Hip Hop
02:30

Prog rock spoon guy example
00:06
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Other body parts
3 Lectures 02:24

Create visual impact with what you are doing to make it look good. You probably don't want to go too over the top with this but a little bit of flash every now and then can be fun.

Example of moving the spoons around your arms and legs
00:07

One last flourish that makes it look like you are the Hendrix of spoons - using your mouth!

Your mouth
00:54

Want to learn the piano as well - in just an hour? Read on..

Thank you for taking the course, a few final thoughts and a thank you from me. If you want to take you're new rhythmic skills and apply them to another new instrument - My second course teach's how to play the piano - in just an hour! learn 48 chords, and remember how to play them for life. In just 1 hr

There is a special discount for those who've completed the spoon course - The RRP of the Piano course is $120 - but here is a discount code to get the course for just $19!

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Message from me to you the new spoon player
01:23
About the Instructor
Simon Glenister
4.8 Average rating
99 Reviews
2,091 Students
2 Courses
Pro musician, Education specialist, Thousands of students

I'm a specialist in music technology, a sound engineer and producer as well as educator and musician. I've lectured on this method of teaching at a number of major UK university's, including Cambridge University.

I have 20 years experience as a professional touring musician. 4 record contracts, Millions of youtube hits, and appearances at major music festivals around the world. I'm currently doing a post grad in Education (Cambridge University) and I have 15 years experience of working with music and young people in very challenging circumstances - I know how to explain this stuff to people so they understand it :)

Playing an instrument has so many wonderful plus points. I've helped thousands of people to realise that actually even when they thought they couldn't that they can play an instrument. It's not an impossibility and the benefits of that on peoples sense of self and wellbeing, enjoyment, confidence and identity are enormous - be a musician it's a wonderful world of fun to be a part of.