Master Class-Stride Piano Burnsville MN

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.

Allison B.
(877) 231-8505
W 84th St
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Flute, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Beginning to advanced piano and keyboard, beginning to advanced flute and music theory such as scales, chord structures, chord progressions, math behind the music, history behind the music, etc., etc.
Education
Normandale Community College - fine arts in music with an emphisis in piano - 2005 - 2009 (Associate degree received) Normandlae Community College - music - 2001 - 2005 (Associate degree received)
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Schroeder S.
(877) 231-8505
W. 60th St.
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Songwriting, Music Performance, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Beginning to Advanced piano, keys. Beginning to Advanced Saxophone. Flute, Clarinet. Professional recording, and Theory. Classical, Jazz, rock & roll II-V-I, tritone subs, reading a real book, why chords do what they do, how to understand chords, how to read a chord chart, scales, the math involved in music, etc.
Education
U. of MN - Premed, Business, music - 1979-1984 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Thomas C.
(877) 231-8505
Smith Ave. St. Paul, MN
Saint Paul, MN
Subjects
Violin, Piano, French Horn, Trombone, Speaking Voice, Drums, Music Performance, Music Recording, Songwriting, Tuba, Singing, Saxophone, Percussion, Clarinet, Trumpet, Opera Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Acting, Music Theory, Flute
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Kodaly and orff methods
Education
Sonoma State University - music - 9/76-6/84 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Lucie Shores
249 Water Street First Floor
Excelsior, MN
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
30+ Years

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Schroeder S.
(877) 231-8505
W. 60th St.
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Songwriting, Music Performance, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Beginning to Advanced piano, keys. Beginning to Advanced Saxophone. Flute, Clarinet. Professional recording, and Theory. Classical, Jazz, rock & roll II-V-I, tritone subs, reading a real book, why chords do what they do, how to understand chords, how to read a chord chart, scales, the math involved in music, etc.
Education
U. of MN - Premed, Business, music - 1979-1984 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jason H.
(877) 231-8505
Russell Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Piano, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance, Music Recording, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 89
Specialties
Music theory and classical piano and guitar, funk bass, Motown style, Hip Hop, House & Dance music, Electronic Music - synthesizers, samplers, music software, production, arranging, engineering...awarded the Peter Gabriel Production Award at Berklee College of Music by the Music Synthesis faculty for a partial scholarship, 1994. Featured on iTunes Store - Jason/ Roomsa feat: Lady Sarah, Dance Music Top 20 charts. Awarded Top 100 Electronic Artists of the Year, URB magazine, 2004.
Education
Berklee College of Music - 1994 - 1989 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Galina I.
(877) 231-8505
Niles Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Subjects
Music Performance, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Traditional classical piano
Education
Leningrad Conservatory - Piano Pedagogy and accompaniment - 1975-1979 (Bachelor's degree received) Leningrad Conservatory - Piano Pedagogy and performanc - 1979-1983 (Master's degree received)
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Azra Halilovic
5217 Beachside Drive
Minnetonka, MN
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$25
Years of Experience
1 Year

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Lucie Shores
249 Water Street First Floor
Excelsior, MN
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
30+ Years

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Galina I.
(877) 231-8505
Niles Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Subjects
Music Performance, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Traditional classical piano
Education
Leningrad Conservatory - Piano Pedagogy and accompaniment - 1975-1979 (Bachelor's degree received) Leningrad Conservatory - Piano Pedagogy and performanc - 1979-1983 (Master's 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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