Master Class-Stride Piano Chicago IL

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.

Alejandro F.
(877) 231-8505
W. 19th st.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
7 to 21
Specialties
Guitar: beg to adv Piano and Bass: beg to inter I specialize in rock, heavy metal, and jazz.
Education
Florida International University - Liberal Studies - 2003-2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Mick A.
(877) 231-8505
S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Acting, Bass Guitar, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Singing, Music Recording, Drums, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Formerly certified Zuzuki instructor, good with very young children Excellent with professional and serious adult students
Education
American Conservatory Of Music - piano - 1964-72 (not complete) City Colleges of Chicago - education - 1984-86 (not complete) U.of I. Chicago - music/English - 1972-76 (Bachelor's degree received)
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J. Andrew D.
(877) 231-8505
W Belden Ave,
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Songwriting, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 65
Specialties
I majored in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on piano performance, composition, and arranging. My early training, however, was in classical -- and I've taken a number of courses in pop, classical, 20th century, and rock-based theory/arranging.
Education
Pasadena City College - General / Music - 2002-2006 (not complete) Sonoma State University - Jazz Studies (Piano) - 2006-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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David B.
(877) 231-8505
N Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano, Clarinet, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Cello, Songwriting, Saxophone, Music Performance, Music Recording, Classical Guitar, Trumpet, Tuba, Guitar, French Horn, Upright Bass, Flute, Percussion, Trombone
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and 6 string guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.
Education
DePaul University - Jazz Studies - 2010-2012 (not complete) University of Colorado at Boulder - Music Performance - 2003-2006 (Master's degree received) Ball State University - Music Education and Performance - 1998-2003 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Paul R.
(877) 231-8505
W Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Singing, Dance, Songwriting, Piano, Acting, Trumpet, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am primarily a musical theatre pianist, so that is my forte. Fortunately, that encompasses many styles and requires knowledge of different playing methods. I also play and instruct classical, and many styles of jazz.
Education
SUNY New Paltz - Theatre, music - 8/2006-5/2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Val K.
(877) 231-8505
S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Singing, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
voice, singing, music, theatrical singing, Broadway singing, music theory, opera voice, Jazz, POP, RNB, Theory of Music, Ear Training, Piano for Beginners. Opera (Classical), Musical Theatre (Broadway), Jazz, POP, RNB. Sight-Reading Special Coaching, Russian Classical Repertoire, Russian Diction.
Education
Tomsk Music College Tomsk, Russia - Music Education, Chorus Conducting - 1990 Music College by Moscow Conservatory Moscow, Russia - Voice - 1992 Russian Academy of Music (Gnessin Institute) Moscow, Russia - Voice and Vocal Pedagogy - Unfinished (1994) Roosevelt University Chicago, IL - Voice and Vocal Pedagogy - 1998
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Christian R.
(877) 231-8505
W. Mclean
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Percussion, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Rock and Jazz drum-set studies and performance. Afro-Cuban and Southern Indian hand-percussion studies and performance. Symphony percussion studies and performance. Classical piano studies and performance. Alternate drum-set and hand-percussion arrangement and instrumentation designed for recording and performance.
Education
Jacobs High-school and Dundee Crown High-school - General ED. and Music - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received) Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - 2002-2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kwanwoo L.
(877) 231-8505
W. St. James Pl.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical
Education
University of Illinois - Electrical Engineering - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Thomas W.
(877) 231-8505
South Halsted St
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am most well versed in jazz guitar and pop/blues guitar. I also have a strong background in classical piano and am a strong sight reader. I teach Music composition, music theory, beginning banjo, music performance, and music recording.
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Columbia College Chicago - Instrumental Performance - 2005-present (not complete)
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Daniel K.
(877) 231-8505
N Janssen Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Dance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Music Recording, Trumpet, Music Performance
Ages Taught
8 to 60
Specialties
Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
Education
Argo Community H.S. - Academic - 1974-1977 (High School diploma received) Columbia College - Music Composition - 1987-1990 (Bachelor's degree received) DePaul University - Music Education - 2001-2001 (not complete)
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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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