Master Class-Stride Piano Colorado Springs CO

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.

Wendy H.
(877) 231-8505
Academy Boulevard North
Colorado Springs, CO
Subjects
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical piano is my strenghts; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
Education
Nazarene Bible College - Music Ministry with emphasis on piano certification - 2003-2008 (Bachelor's degree received) Riverview Collegiate Institute - H.S. Diploma - 1971-1974 (High School diploma received)
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Wendy H.
(877) 231-8505
Cathys Loop
Peyton, CO
Subjects
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical piano is my strenghts; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
Education
Nazarene Bible College - Music Ministry with emphasis on piano certification - 2003-2008 (Bachelor's degree received) Riverview Collegiate Institute - H.S. Diploma - 1971-1974 (High School diploma received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Dr. Catherine Millis
908 Snowberry St.
Longmont, CO
Instruments
Piano, Violin
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Jazz, Kids, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Johanna N.
(877) 231-8505
S. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO
Subjects
Singing, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Piano: beg - adv Voice: beg - inter I specialize in classical training for piano and voice. I prefer the Thompson series for beginners on piano. For more developed students I take their interests into consideration, so my styles and genres are more inclusive.
Education
Western State College - Music - 08-02 to 05-06 (Bachelor's degree received) Regis University - Education - 06-08 to 05-10 (Master's degree received)
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Kristen C.
(877) 231-8505
Longstone Drive
Parker, CO
Subjects
Piano, Flute
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am classically trained pianist and flautist who specializes in teaching the beginner and intermediate students. Genres include: classical, pop, and contemporary.
Education
University of Denver - Music-piano performance - 1990-1995 (Bachelor's degree received) Colorado Christian University - Counseling - 1998-2000 (Master's degree received)
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Sarah D.
(877) 231-8505
Robbie View
Colorado Springs, CO
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 15
Specialties
My preferred curriculum for private lessons include: Faber Piano Adventures, the Celebration Series, and Julie Johnson Theory. I specialize in working with children / young beginners.
Education
TELOS Institue International - Biblical Counseling - 01/2000-08/2000 (not complete) International Academy of Music - Music - 01/2001-02/2001 (not complete) Berklee College of Music - Music Theory - 09/2007-11/2007 (not complete)
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Wendy H.
(877) 231-8505
Academy Boulevard North
Colorado Springs, CO
Subjects
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical piano is my strenghts; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
Education
Nazarene Bible College - Music Ministry with emphasis on piano certification - 2003-2008 (Bachelor's degree received) Riverview Collegiate Institute - H.S. Diploma - 1971-1974 (High School diploma received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Mary F.
(877) 231-8505
Simms St
Arvada, CO
Subjects
Guitar, Classical Guitar, Piano, Organ, Music Theory, Music Performance, Singing, Banjo
Ages Taught
5 to 105
Specialties
classical guitar and piano
Education
Alleman High School - - 1963-67 (High School diploma received) St Ambrose University - music education - 1979-81 (Bachelor's degree received) Northern Illinois University - music - 1994-96 (Master's degree received) Art Institute of Colorado - graphic design - 2007-09 (Associate degree received)
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Carol Smith
9074 W. Center Ave.
Lakewood, CO
Instruments
Chorus, Piano
Styles
Classical, Other
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$40
Years of Experience
17 Years

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Traci N.
(877) 231-8505
E. Iliff Ave.
Denver, CO
Subjects
Piano, Music Performance, Trumpet, Music Theory
Ages Taught
9 to 99
Specialties
Trumpet: any level, beginner to advanced! In lessons of all ability levels I stress the importance of a vocal approach to playing the trumpet, understanding how to make anything musical, that fundamentals are important, and that challenges are opportunities for success. Individual problems are always addressed in personalized ways for each student. It is rewarding and fun to see the self-awareness and deserved confidence that comes with the dedicated study of trumpet.
Education
DePaul University School of Music - Music: Trumpet Performance - Fall 2005-Spring 2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Denver - Music: Trumpet Performance - Fall 2009-Present (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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