Master Class-Stride Piano Bellingham WA

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.

Kim Bowman
5595 Old Settler Drive same
Ferndale, WA
Instruments
Composition, Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Blues, Classical, Jazz
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
37 Years

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Brett R.
(877) 231-8505
Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard
Education
U. of Puget Sound - B.S. Mathematics - 1991-1996 (degree received) Shoreline Comm. College - A.A.A.S. Audio Engineering/Music - 1999-2002 (degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Deborah Gandolfo
10200 Ne 64th Street
Kirkland, WA
Instruments
Composition, Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Blues, Classical, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Sonoma County Children's Music
(360) 798-8888
Camas, WA
 
Marcus T.
(877) 231-8505
34th Ave
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Piano, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Trumpet
Ages Taught
8 to 0
Specialties
PIANO: Bastien, Pace, Bartok(Mikrocosmos),Hannon, Brahms, Beethoven, Adult contemporary/Jazz TRUMPET: All methods (Arban's, Clark, Rubank, Smith, Charlier, Bitsch etc...)
Education
Boston University School For the Arts - Music Performance - 9/1995-5/1999 (Bachelor's degree received) Teacher's College, Columbia University - Philosophy and Education - 9/2000- 5/2002 (Master's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Scott T.
(877) 231-8505
SE 267th Place
Maple Valley, WA
Subjects
French Horn, Music Performance, Guitar, Singing, Classical Guitar, Songwriting, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Trumpet, Music Theory, Music Recording, Drums, Piano, Trombone
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classically trained. I focus on theory with my students. It is the base that they can leap from. I also have taught and performed jazz, salsa, and reggae.
Education
Navy School of Music - AA equivalent in Music - 1982 (Associate degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Tim Cromwell
Northwest Christian School 904 Shaw Road
Puyallup, WA
Instruments
Chorus, Clarinet, Flute, Handbells, Horn, Percussion, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
5 Years

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Linda U.
(877) 231-8505
- 33rd Place SW
Federal Way, WA
Subjects
Piano, Music Performance, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 65
Specialties
I utilize the Myron Cole Method of teaching piano, but specialize in developing the total musician through: listening, singing, moving and composing music. I encourage my students to attend concerts, and I have them involved in recitals, and community events. I also teach choral singing, and conduct a children's choir at school - year starting 2010.
Education
Cornish College of the Arts - Classical Piano - 4/55 - 5/70 (not complete) Seattle University - Education - 1/91 - 6/94 (Master's degree received) The Evergreen State College - Liberal Arts/Performance/Media - 9/85 - 6/87 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Michelle Young
5200 175th St SW
Edmonds, WA
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Kids
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
8 Years

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Ruth Michaelis
904 W Comstock Court
Spokane, WA
Instruments
Chorus, Composition, Ear Training, Early Music, Other, Piano, Recorder, Theory, Trumpet, Ukelele, Voice
Styles
Kids
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$10
Years of Experience
30 Years

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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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