Master Class-Stride Piano Brownsville TX

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.

Robert C.
(877) 231-8505
Lawn Arbor Drive
Houston, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
North Harris County College - Music-guitar - 1982-85 (not complete) Musicians Institute - Music-guitar - 1991-92 (not complete) University of North Texas - Music-guitar - 1985-87 (not complete) Klein High School - Music - 1974-78 (not complete)
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Everson Music Academy, Group Piano Studio
The Woodlands, TX
 
Joanne Marie’s School of Piano
Canyon Lake, TX
 
Jerod S.
(877) 231-8505
Eustis Ave
Dallas, TX
Subjects
Opera Voice, Music Theory, Music Performance, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Songwriting, Music Recording, Speaking Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
piano, voice, singing, Songwriting, Music, Music Theory, Public Speaking, Vocal : Pop, R&B, gospel, Rock, Adult Contemporary. Praise Team and Ensemble singing. Anything related to church music. Piano : Classical, Written, Chord Charts, Fake Books, etc.
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Baylor University - 1997-2001 - Bachelor's in Music Midway- Graduated 1997 - High School
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Matt B.
(877) 231-8505
Coppedge
Dallas, TX
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Opera Voice, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in training memory, technique, artistic sensitivity and the development of a musical mind. I am familiar with many methods and use them where appropriate. I will observe you (the student) and find out how you learn best, and tailor lessons accordingly, thereby using your preferred method of learning (aural, visual, or kinesthetic) to strengthen any weaknesses. Lessons with me are very fun and challenging.
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Texas Christian University - Piano: Artist's Diploma - 2005-2007 (not complete)
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Rob B.
(877) 231-8505
Metric Blvd.
Austin, TX
Subjects
Saxophone, Guitar, Banjo, Classical Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Flamenco Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I'm best at teaching students music that they want to learn. I specialize in rock and blues instruction. Don't own a banjo (learned on my daddy's), but am happy to pick one up if someone's interested (though they will probably need to provide one, don't know if I can buy two at the moment).
Education
Lubbock High School - N/A - 8/92-5/95 Texas Tech University - English-major Music-minor - 1/00-8/03 Goddard College - Creative Writing - 7/07-5/09
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Vince M.
(877) 231-8505
Cordova Drive
Mesquite, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Cello, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I've studied and taught classical, blues, acoustic, rock, pop, and ambient/electronica,
Education
Plano Senior H.S. - Basics/ Music - 1988-90 (degree received) Richland C. College - Basics/ Music - 1990-93 (not complete)
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Smith House of Music
Pearland, TX
 
Piano Playhouse
(210) 823-6012
Helotes, TX
 
Cheryl P.
(877) 231-8505
Travis Ave
Fort Worth, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
My specialty is classical music. I believe that a strong background in classical music is important for any musician, regardless of their musical preferences. I assign scales and arpeggios, and occasionally use technical exercises and studies in lessons. That being said, I allow for student input, and will also teach music such as church hymns or pop songs, or any other piece you or your child are interested in. I will work with you to achieve all of your musical goals! If you are thinking ab…
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Texas Christian University - Piano Performance - 8/01-5/06 (degree received) University of North Texas - Piano Performance - 8/06-5/08 (degree received)
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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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