Master Class-Stride Piano Abilene TX

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of piano players like the mention of stride piano. This seemingly impossible old style is like ragtime on steroids, and pushes jazz pianists to the limit.

Kal M.
(877) 231-8505
Paisley Street
Houston, TX
Subjects
Cello, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 75
Specialties
Alfred, Bastien, Suzuki, Thompson Classical
Education
Univ of Vermont - Music Theory & Comp - 1982-1986 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Paul David F.
(877) 231-8505
Elmside Dr
Houston, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Music Performance
Ages Taught
7 to 40
Specialties
I like to teach out of many method books, such as Faber and Alfred's.
Education
Hardin-Simmons Univ. - Music-Business - 1989-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) Texas Tech Univ. - Music Marketing - 1994-1996 (Master's degree received) Univ. of Houston - Music Education - 2002-2003 (Degree received)
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Tim (William) K.
(877) 231-8505
Silver Buckle
Schertz, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Acting, Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Trombone, Classical Guitar, Dance, Music Performance, Piano, Speaking Voice, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Folk music, Kodaly, Orff
Education
UTSA - Music Literature - 1978-1984 (Bachelor's degree received) UTSA - Music Education - 1987-1988 (Bachelor's degree received) Texas State University - Music Education - 2001-2006 (Master's degree received)
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Marilyn S.
(877) 231-8505
Merrell Lane
The Colony, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
Piano, Handbells, Music Theory, Sight reading I can teach from any series, have tended to specialize more with beginning and intermediate students. I have taught from almost every series over the years. Right now I have students in Faber & Faber, Bastien, John Thompson, Schaum, David Carr Glover, Hal Leonard, FJH, Dozen a Day, and Alfred series. When students begin lessons with me and have a music series with which they have started, we can stay with that series. I think that breaking skills …
Education
University of North Texas - Educational Mid-Management Administrative Certification - 1981-1983 University of North Texas - Master of Music/Piano Performance - 1973-1977 University of North Texas - Bachelor of Music Education - 1969-1973 Sunset HS/Dallas - General - 1969
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Smith House of Music
Pearland, TX
 
Laura D.
(877) 231-8505
Brettonwood
San Antonio, TX
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in classical music.
Education
Robert E. Lee - - 2000-2004 (High School diploma received) University of the Incarnate Word - Theatre Arts - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Piano Playhouse
(210) 823-6012
Helotes, TX
 
Nora F.
(877) 231-8505
Confederate Dr.
Pearland, TX
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
music, piano Depending upon the age and experience, I start very basic by showing the student the piano and discussing the names of the keys. I want the student to have fun so at the end of the lesson the student is able to play whatever he/she wants to play.
Education
University of Houston Clear Lake - Finance - 2001-2003 University of Houston Clear Lake - MIS - 2003-2006
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Paula N.
(877) 231-8505
Glenfield Ct
Houston, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Singing, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
I am a classically trained musician, so I feel that in order for students to be successful in any type of singing or playing style they should have some basic classical training. I enjoy teaching children's music, contemporary Christian music, and pop.
Education
McLennan Community College - Music - Vocal & Piano - August 2004-May 2007 (Associate degree received) Houston Baptist University - Music & Political Science - September 2007 - May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Susanna S.
(877) 231-8505
A Jane Austen Trail
Pflugerville, TX
Subjects
Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Acting, Opera Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
classical, pop, r&b
Education
C.E. Ellison HS - - 96-97 (High School diploma received) Berklee Collage of Music - voice - 98-99 (not complete) UT Austin - piano - 2000-03 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Master Class-Stride Piano

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of piano players like the mention of stride piano. This seemingly impossible old style is like ragtime on steroids, and pushes jazz pianists to the limit. The left hand alternates a low bass, frequently played in tenths, with close position mid range chords, while the right hand provides melody, syncopations, lines, and runs. The total effect is a relentless, locked-downswing eighth-note feel.

Even if you can’t invest the hours necessary to master stride, studying its fundamentals will increase your harmonic language skills and center your time feel.Plus, there’s nothing wrong with gaining an appreciation of an almost-lost art that has inspired everyone from Duke Ellington, ArtTatum, and Oscar Peterson to Dick Hyman,Marcus Roberts, Kenny Werner, and Bill Charlap. Beyond the flash and the bluster of stride is a deep awareness of song structure, chord voicing, root movement and harmony, and most of all, swing.

Ex. 1. When playing stride, your left hand is the rhythm section, and it never lets up. Practice getting used to the motion of your left arm, aiming low with your fifth finger to hit the bass note, then moving quickly to the middle register to grab a chord. In example 1a, the chords move from I to V7, F to C7, using an alternating bass note on beats 1 and 3. One trick: Start the V7 (C7) on the fifth (G) of the chord instead of the root. This way you don’t have to repeat a note (C). Make your bass line more melodic in 1b by starting the F6 on the third (A) in the second measure, then move down to the V7 through a passing diminished chord (Abdim7). Since you start the V7on the fifth (G), substitute Gm7 and make a ii7-V7. Upstairs, notice the chord voicings in the last two measures. The top notes in each chord create a nice melody — D, E,D, C — and you can use your thumb to bring these out. Click here for audio.

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 Ex. 2. Most of the great stride players like James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Earl "Fatha" Hines, and Art Tatum played tenths in the left hand, and sometimes added a third note with the second or third finger. The top thumb note adds a tenor voice and a rich counter-line; the effect is harmonically dense and exponentially more difficult to play.Give it a shot but don’t push it. Click here for audio.

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Ex. 3. Try the same constructions show in Example 2 with two hands, to make things a bit simpler. It’s not cheating to break up the tenth and, at fast tempos, this is an effective technique. Here is a complete eighth-bar A-section with a turnaround, using the passing diminished and ii7-V7. Click here for audio.

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Ex. 4. If you can handle tenths, here’s how it’s done. Notice the embellishing pickup at the end of bar 4 — E to F. Click here for audio.

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Ex. 5. The right hand in stride is based on swing eighth-note lines, usually built on broken-up chord tones. Practice this example with simple chords in the left hand and get used ...

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