Master Class-Stride Piano Brockton MA

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.

Sharon W.
(877) 231-8505
Liberty Street,
Braintree, MA
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Songwriting, Music Theory, Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Teaches Beg. to Advanced in both vocals and piano, specializes in intermediate. Good with young kids and teenagers. I specialize in providing my piano students with a solid foundation based primarily on classical methods and music theory. In addition, I can teach an eclectic mix of musical styles (i.e. pop, rock, jazz, broadway) and specialize in rock piano. For my voice students, I build a strong understanding of the whole process of singing (deep breathing, etc.) using creative imagery and …
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Brooklyn College - Theater - (Bachelor's degree received)
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Danilo H.
(877) 231-8505
Woodville St.
Boston, MA
Subjects
Percussion, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Music Theory, Guitar, Drums, Music Performance, Piano, Tuba
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Improvisation, Traditional West African drumming as well as popular music from different regions in Africa, Classical solo trumpet and orchestral performance, Latin percussion.
Education
The New England Conservatory of Music - Trumpet Performance - Fall 2004 - Spring 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Ming-Hui L.
(877) 231-8505
Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
Subjects
Cello, Piano
Ages Taught
3 to 60
Specialties
music, Cello, Piano
Education
Stella Matutina Girls' High school in Taiwan - - -1999 Taipei National University of the Arts - Music - -2003 Peabody of Johns Hopkins University - Music - -2005 Boston University - Music - current
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Andrew A.
(877) 231-8505
Warren st
Brighton, MA
Subjects
Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Sax: beg to adv Piano and Guitar: beg Improvisation Saxophone is my primary instrument and I can teach all levels of saxophone playing. I also play and can teach Beginner Clarinet, Flute, Guitar and Piano. I have years of experience both in the theoretical studies and performance of Jazz, Classical and Rock music, as well as other styles such as Latin Jazz, Funk and Experimental Composed and Improvised music.
Education
University of Vermont - Music - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) New England Conservatory - Music - 2010- (not complete)
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Kyle B.
(877) 231-8505
Faulkner Street
Ayer, MA
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory, Organ, Music Performance
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I teach beginning piano students using the Schaum Piano Method Books. The primary genre of music that I teach is classical.
Education
Milford High School - - 2000-2004 (not complete) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Organ Performance - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2009-present (not complete)
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Sarah Gardner
165 Nahatan Street 165 Nahatan Street
Norwood, MA
Instruments
Other, Piano, Voice
Styles
Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$80
Years of Experience
12 Years

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Justin A.
(877) 231-8505
Quinn St
North Attleboro, MA
Subjects
Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Music Performance, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I pride myself in being well trained in all styles of music. In attaining each of my degrees, I have put an emphasis on being versatile and well-rounded. For drum set, I like to use method books such as: Stick Control, Syncopation and Future Sounds.
Education
Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst - Music - 2003-2006 (Bachelor's degree received) Holyoke Community College - Arts with a concentration in Music - 2001-2003 (Associate degree received)
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Erin M.
(877) 231-8505
Murdock St
Brighton, MA
Subjects
Music Performance, Piano, Songwriting, Singing, Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
For voice, I specialize in classical, jazz and rock/pop. For piano, classical, jazz and rock. I am always bringing in new, interesting genres to teach.
Education
Wooster School - - 2001-2005 (High School diploma received) Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Ming-Hui L.
(877) 231-8505
Park Vale Ave,
Allston, MA
Subjects
Cello, Piano
Ages Taught
3 to 60
Specialties
music, Cello, Piano
Education
Stella Matutina Girls' High school in Taiwan - - -1999 Taipei National University of the Arts - Music - -2003 Peabody of Johns Hopkins University - Music - -2005 Boston University - Music - current
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Ming-Hui L.
(877) 231-8505
Park Vale Ave,
Allston, MA
Subjects
Cello, Piano
Ages Taught
3 to 60
Specialties
music, Cello, Piano
Education
Stella Matutina Girls' High school in Taiwan - - -1999 Taipei National University of the Arts - Music - -2003 Peabody of Johns Hopkins University - Music - -2005 Boston University - Music - current
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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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