Master Class-Stride Piano Ballston Spa NY

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.

Jon Tario
1 Barney Rd
Clifton Park, NY
Instruments
Audio Recording, Composition, Ear Training, Electric Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Recording
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$40
Years of Experience
6 Years

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Karen H.
(877) 231-8505
Riverside Dr
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in classical music focusing on all levels. I also teach composition lessons and harpsichord lessons.
Education
University of Utah - piano/composition - 2002-2006 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Utah - piano - 2006-2008 (Master's degree received) Mannes College of Music - piano - 2008-2010 (Degree received)
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Chris M.
(877) 231-8505
Riverside Drive
New York, NY
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Saxophone, Music Theory, Music Recording, Clarinet, Piano, Flute
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5 to 99
Specialties
Specializing in Jazz Improvisation, Composition, and Theory
Education
University of North Florida - Jazz Performance - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received) SUNY Purchase - Jazz Performance - 2008-2010 (Master's degree received)
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Brian M.
(877) 231-8505
Clarkson Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY
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Clarinet, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano
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6 to 99
Specialties
Will discuss at interview.
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San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Composition - 9/04-5/06 (Master's degree received) Berklee College of Music - Composition/Film Scoring - 9/99-5/02 (Bachelor's degree received) Boston University - Psychology - 9/94-8/98 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Sean B.
(877) 231-8505
Lawrence Avenue, fl
Brooklyn, NY
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Music Performance, Clarinet, Piano, Flute, Music Theory, Songwriting, Drums, Saxophone
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
Styles/genres: jazz, funk, rock, pop, classical, folk, reggae, hip hop, Balkan folk. Methods: transcription and analysis, ear training, tone production, music theory, improvisation, composition, reading and rhythm studies, repertoire development.
Education
Washington State University - Music - Sept '91-May '97 (Bachelor's degree received) New England Conservatory - Jazz Studies - Sept '04-May '06 (Master's degree received)
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Kay Barlow
369 West Main St.
Fredonia, NY
Instruments
Guitar, Piano, Voice
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Beginner
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$0

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Carolyn O.
(877) 231-8505
Broadway
New York, NY
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Music Theory, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting
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8 to 90
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Performing Singer-Songwriter
Education
The New School, NYC - Creative Arts Therapy - (not complete) Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa - Fine Arts (Drawing & Pntg) - 1989-1991 (not complete) Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa - Business (Marketing) - 1978-1981 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Laura Dreyer
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New York, NY
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Clarinet, Composition, Ear Training, Flute, Piano, Saxophone, Theory
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$100
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25 Years

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Laurie K.
(877) 231-8505
Pulaski Rd
Greenlawn, NY
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Violin, Piano
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6 to 55
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I teach a basic reading of notes and the chord method also.
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Lawrence HS - 1974 (High School diploma received) Shorter College - Piano Performance - 1974-79 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Libertyville Rd.
New Paltz, NY
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Piano, Fiddle, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Cello, Viola, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
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4 to 99
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I specialize in combination lessons such as guitar and voice lessons with a focus on songwriting. I can also help violinists who wants to transfer their knowledge of theory to guitar or piano and vice versa. We can incorporate recording techniques into any lesson.
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Winter Park High School - music and art - 1987-1990 (High School diploma received) State University of New York at New Paltz - music and dance - 1992-1996 (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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