Master Class-Stride Piano Allentown PA

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.

Samantha D.
(877) 231-8505
Scenic View Dr
Macungie, PA
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Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Trombone, Flute, Trumpet, Tuba, Percussion, Cello
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Christian, Band and Orchestra Repertoire, Favor Bastien and Alfred Piano Methods, Suzuki and other well know methods
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Clearwater Christian College - Music - Piano Performance - 2001-2003 (Bachelor's degree received) Pensacola Christian College - Music - Piano Performance - 1999-2001 (not complete)
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Creek Rd.
Bath, PA
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Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting
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5 to 99
Specialties
All styles from Opera to POP! Experience with teaching young children, special needs (physically/intellectually disabled), and people who are tone deaf.
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Warwick High School - HS Diploma - 1993-1997 (High School diploma received) Millersville University - Vocal Performance - 1997-2000 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kate B.
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Braxton Ct.
North Wales, PA
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Opera Voice, Singing, Music Performance, Piano
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5 to 99
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I studied classically in college and much of my time in private lessons with my professor was spent in correct placement of the mouth and direction of air for quality sound and a healthy voice. I plan to use many of the same exercises in private teaching. I also believe that our bodies need to be in good shape to fully see our singing ability, so I plan to encourage students to be active physically which will translate into their strength and stamina in voice.
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West Virginia University - Visual and Performing Arts, Voice Performance - August 2001- December 2005 (Bachelor's degree received) Morgantown High School - college prep - August 1998-May 2001 (High School diploma received)
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Katie Rudolph
2109 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA
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Ear Training, Music Business, Piano, Theory
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Classical, Jazz
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$40
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10 Years

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Dena C.
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Blair Mill Rd.
Horsham, PA
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Guitar, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
Musical theatre, Adaptive music lessons (for learning differences).
Education
Sperry HS - music, theatre - 1975-1979 (High School diploma received) SUNY Potsdam - music education - 1982-1985 (Bachelor's degree received) Temple University - music therapy - 1896-1993 (Master's degree received)
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Kimberly Brennan
5455 Walnut Lane
Zionsville, PA
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Chorus, Ear Training, Music Therapy, Piano, Theory, Voice
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Classical, Kids, Other
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$50
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20 Years

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Patricia C.
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Toohey Rd
Murrysville, PA
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Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 12
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I am most experienced in using the Bastien and Alfred method books for piano. For beginner to intermediate students both methods include a lesson book, theory book, technique book and performance/solo book. I specialize in the classical music genre.
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Allegheny College - Music and Economics - 1998-2002 (Bachelor's degree received)
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S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA
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Mandolin, Piano, Banjo, Classical Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele, Guitar, Music Performance, Drums, Bass Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 99
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I am educated in the merridee winters method of teaching. I am a capable player and educator in the styles of Jazz, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Classical technique
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University of The Arts - Jazz Guitar Performance - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kim Pritchard
411 Seville Dr
Red Lion, PA
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Piano, Saxophone
Styles
Classical, Jazz, Kids
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Beginner, Intermediate
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$36
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10 Years

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Ian V.
(877) 231-8505
East Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
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Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Upright Bass, Music Performance
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Jazz and Improvisation. Upright and Bass guitar are specialties in the realm of Rock, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, and Funk.
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Central Bucks East - - 1993-1995 (High School diploma received) New School for Social Research - Music Performance Jazz and Contemporary Music - 1998-2000 (Bachelor's degree received) University of the Arts - Music Education - 2007-2008 (not complete) Temple University - Music Education - Fall 2009- (not complete)
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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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