Master Class-Stride Piano Beaverton OR

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.

Joseph W.
(877) 231-8505
SW 30th Ave
Portland, OR
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Utilizes the pedagogical approaches of Ingird Clarfield.
Education
Westminster Choir College of Rider University - Music (piano emphasis) - 2001-2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Mark W.
(877) 231-8505
NE Wasco St
Portland, OR
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
My emphasis is classical or Fine Art music. I am a classical singer, and I sing in several professional ensembles in Portland. In graduate school I studied and taught Music Theory and Composition. I am also an active pianist, and have accompanied singers visiting the Portland area in local recitals. My expertise is both wide and specific within the European classical tradition. That said many of my recent voice students have been singers in local rock bands. All musicians, regardless of their…
Education
Raytown High School - General Studies - 1996-2000 (High School diploma received) University of Central Missouri - Bachelor of Music - 2000-2005 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Missouri - Master of Music - 2005-2009 (Master's degree received)
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Kallie H.
(877) 231-8505
NE 96th St
Vancouver, WA
Subjects
Piano, Acting, Flute, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I love to use games and activities to engage my younger students. I also have them study a different composer each month. I teach my students about all music and how to identify musical styles and instruments. Composition and improvising is another method I stress with my students.
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Jeremy N.
(877) 231-8505
SE Reedway St
Portland, OR
Subjects
Drums, Music Theory, Songwriting, Music Recording, Music Performance, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 50
Specialties
Drum: beg to adv Piano: beg to adv Guitar and bass: beg to inter Piano: I teach a method that my father--a professional music teacher in the Phoenix valley--has developed for 37 years which includes original exercises, music and books by Pace, Noona, Faber, Minsky and more. Drums: I developed a creative approach to drumming incorporating reading from the beginning. I use Syncopation by Ted Reed and the Breeze Easy methods to start. Also have play along CD's and playlists. Guitar: I took lesso…
Education
Univ of Arizona - Music - 08/1992-06/1997 (Bachelor's degree received) Univ of Arizona - Music - 08/2001-06/2003 (Master's degree received)
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Mark W.
(877) 231-8505
NE Wasco St
Portland, OR
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
My emphasis is classical or Fine Art music. I am a classical singer, and I sing in several professional ensembles in Portland. In graduate school I studied and taught Music Theory and Composition. I am also an active pianist, and have accompanied singers visiting the Portland area in local recitals. My expertise is both wide and specific within the European classical tradition. That said many of my recent voice students have been singers in local rock bands. All musicians, regardless of their…
Education
Raytown High School - General Studies - 1996-2000 (High School diploma received) University of Central Missouri - Bachelor of Music - 2000-2005 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Missouri - Master of Music - 2005-2009 (Master's degree received)
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Landon S.
(877) 231-8505
Se 8th Ave
Portland, OR
Subjects
Cello, Classical Guitar, Organ, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Drums, Guitar, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Bass Guitar, Piano, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Composition.
Education
Westmont College - Music - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Jeremy N.
(877) 231-8505
SE Reedway St
Portland, OR
Subjects
Drums, Music Theory, Songwriting, Music Recording, Music Performance, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 50
Specialties
Drum: beg to adv Piano: beg to adv Guitar and bass: beg to inter Piano: I teach a method that my father--a professional music teacher in the Phoenix valley--has developed for 37 years which includes original exercises, music and books by Pace, Noona, Faber, Minsky and more. Drums: I developed a creative approach to drumming incorporating reading from the beginning. I use Syncopation by Ted Reed and the Breeze Easy methods to start. Also have play along CD's and playlists. Guitar: I took lesso…
Education
Univ of Arizona - Music - 08/1992-06/1997 (Bachelor's degree received) Univ of Arizona - Music - 08/2001-06/2003 (Master's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

Data Provided by:
Landon S.
(877) 231-8505
Se 8th Ave
Portland, OR
Subjects
Cello, Classical Guitar, Organ, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Drums, Guitar, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Bass Guitar, Piano, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Composition.
Education
Westmont College - Music - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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UpBeat! Music and Drama Studio
(541) 393-2453
Pleasant Hill, OR
 
Joseph W.
(877) 231-8505
SW 30th Ave
Portland, OR
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Utilizes the pedagogical approaches of Ingird Clarfield.
Education
Westminster Choir College of Rider University - Music (piano emphasis) - 2001-2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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