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Master Class-Stride Piano Chico CA

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.

Javier A.
(877) 231-8505
Gloria Dr.
Sacramento, CA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
Piano, Music Theory, Composition, Musical Elements Genres: Classical, contemporary, new age Methods: Keyboard Strategies by Schirmer, Beyer, Thompson, Hanon
Education
ETI - Electronics - 1984 - 1987 (degree received)
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Jarel P.
(877) 231-8505
Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Music Performance, Piano, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I enjoy teaching techniques in improvisation, building chord vocabulary, employing the use of various scales for a greater grasp of the territory and potential of the keyboard, and helping students to understand the relationships between chords and progressions.
Education
Point Loma Nazarene University - Music Education - Fall 2006 - Spring 2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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carolyn d.
(877) 231-8505
verdale avenue
Castaic, CA
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Music Recording, Singing, Piano, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
piano performance, creativity development, improvisation, jazz, ear-training, theory, songwriting/composition, world music-culture education, DIY recording techniques, multimedia (teaching simple video production methods to create music and video projects).
Education
California Institute of the Arts - music composition - 2001 (Bachelor's degree received) New England Conservatory of Music - jazz/music composition - 1997-2000 (Associate degree received) Berkless College of Music - piano performance - 1994 (Degree received) University of Connecticut - classical piano performance - 1995 (not complete)
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Joel T.
(877) 231-8505
Delmer Street
Oakland, CA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
8 to 60
Specialties
I am classically trained pianist, but can teach any style that involves written music. Great with children and beginners!
Education
UC Berkeley - Music , Psychology - 1965-1972 (Bachelor's degree received) Mills College - Piano Performance - 1980-1982 (Master's degree received)
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Janna Virabian
25530 River Bend Dr #G 25530 River Bend Dr #G
Yorba Linda, CA
Instruments
Piano, Viola, Violin
Styles
Classical, Jazz, Kids, Other
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
30 Years

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octavia l.
(877) 231-8505
E Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Subjects
Dance, Music Recording, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
R&B, Neo Soul, Soul, Blues, Jazz, & Pop music.
Education
Santa Monica College - Music /Liberal arts - 08/28/04- 06/15/10 Berklee College of Music - Music Composition & Production - 02/14/07- 05/23/07
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Bijan Z.
(877) 231-8505
Costa Verde Blvd
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Cello, Drums, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical, Pop, Rock
Education
Berlin technical University - Musicology - 2001 Orebro Conservatory/Sweden - Music Education - 1996 University of Tehran/Iran - Electrical Engineering - 1986
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Caroline Cecile P.
(877) 231-8505
Dolan Avenue
Downey, CA
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 13
Specialties
Using Alfred's piano or Bastien's. classics popular tunes, movie/musicals.
Education
Academie of Renaix/Belgium - piano - 09/68 to 06/69 completed the 2nd in 1976 in Brussels/Belgium (Bachelor's degree received)
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Gaw V.
(877) 231-8505
Carro Drive
Sacramento, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Trumpet, French Horn, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Vocal Jazz and pop. I also specialize in marching percussion and concert percussion. I was brass player throughout high school and college. My music methods include basic music theory and ear training.
Education
California State University of Sacramento - Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance - 9/2004- present VAPAC (Visual And Performing Arts Charter) High School - Music - 9/2003-6/2004 (High School diploma received) Sacramento High School - - 9/2000-6/2003 (High School diploma received)
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Keun (Clara) K.
(877) 231-8505
1/2 Washington Place
Los Angeles, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Songwriting, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 20
Specialties
Classically Trained in Piano, Play Synthesizers (play in a band as well, Indie, modern style)
Education
Cal State Univ. of Northridge - Music Therapy - 3 Years (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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