Master Class-Stride Piano Costa Mesa 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.

Dustin C.
(877) 231-8505
Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
Subjects
Songwriting, Music Theory, Music Performance, Viola, Piano
Ages Taught
10 to 70
Specialties
Primarily classical music. I also teach composition, church music and contemporary concert/modern music.
Education
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music - Composition - 9/2005 to 6/2007 (Master's degree received) Santa Clara University - Piano Performance/Music - 9/2001 to 6/2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Nicole S.
(877) 231-8505
Thornwood Circle
Huntington Beach, CA
Subjects
Singing, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
6 to 70
Specialties
Voice, basic vocal technique, Musical Interpretation & Expression, Music Theory, Broadway, classical, pop, worship, gospel, jazz
Education
Bev Hils HS - general - 1972 to 1976 CSULB - music education (vocal) - 1/1997 TO 6/2000 CSULB, graduate studies, credential in music (2000)
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RockStars Music Studios
18582 Beach Blvd, Suite 214
Huntington Beach, CA
Instruments
Chorus, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Violin, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$130
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Gino J.
(877) 231-8505
Island Cir,
Huntington Beach, CA
Subjects
Piano, Music Recording, Music Theory, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Acoustic and Electric Guitar: beg to adv Bass Guitar: beg to adv Piano: beg to inter Electronic Keyboards: synthesizers, software, recording, sequencing I am adept in the following music styles & genres: classic rock, modern rock, metal, pop radio hits from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, & current top40, blues, r&b. Also have jazz background in these genres: swing, bebop, smooth jazz, fusion, Brazilian, Latin. I like to use different teaching formats: notation, tab, transcribing, ear training, theory, vid…
Education
Cosumnes River College - Music - (not complete)
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Marc L.
(877) 231-8505
Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am primarily a classical pianist.
Education
University of California, Berkeley - Music - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received) California State University, Long Beach - Piano Performance - 2010-2012 (not complete)
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Laura V.
(877) 231-8505
Magnolia
Huntington Beach, CA
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Music Theory, Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice, Songwriting
Ages Taught
7 to 70
Specialties
music, voice, modern singing, piano, ear training, vocal jazz, musical theatre, Broadway, children's voice lessons,piano lessons, Rock, jazz, pop, Latin, folk, Broadway, classical, bel-canto, Songwriting, improvisation, sight reading, speech techniques, monologues, speaking voice, music theory, music performance
Education
Art School La barraca, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Acting - march 1983 - nov 1986 Liceo Nr 9 Santiago Derqui, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Bachiller - march 1978 - december 1982 Conservatory of Music Basel, Switzerland - Vocal jazz, piano - sept 1997 - sept 2002
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Michelle F.
(877) 231-8505
Flagstone
Irvine, CA
Subjects
Opera Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Music Performance, Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I incorporate Alexander Technique in my voice lessons. I teach musicianship and sight reading/singing in both my piano and voice lessons.
Education
CSU Fullerton - BM:Vocal Performance (In progress. Last year) - Fall 2007-Present (not complete)
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Laura V.
(877) 231-8505
13th Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Subjects
Singing, Songwriting, Piano, Music Theory, Speaking Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
7 to 70
Specialties
music, voice, modern singing, piano, ear training, vocal jazz, musical theatre, Broadway, children's voice lessons,piano lessons, Rock, jazz, pop, Latin, folk, Broadway, classical, bel-canto, Songwriting, improvisation, sight reading, speech techniques, monologues, speaking voice, music theory, music performance
Education
Art School La barraca, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Acting - march 1983 - nov 1986 Liceo Nr 9 Santiago Derqui, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Bachiller - march 1978 - december 1982 Conservatory of Music Basel, Switzerland - Vocal jazz, piano - sept 1997 - sept 2002
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Emma M.
(877) 231-8505
Tulagi St.
Cypress, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am using Alfred’s Piano or Thompson’s Modern course, popular classics, musicals/movie and piano duets. These duets are very useful as supplementary material in a piano program, musically rewarding, and very motivational.
Education
Musical Education: 1962-1971 Odessa State College of Music, Odessa, Ukraine 1971-1975 Odessa State University of Music, Odessa, Ukraine Qualification: Piano Teacher and Concertmaster Completion: B.A. in 1975.
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Matthew M.
(877) 231-8505
Centralia St.
Lakewood, CA
Subjects
Piano, Singing, Trumpet, Ukulele, Music Theory, French Horn, Percussion, Songwriting, Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin. For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will more closely follow school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials. I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing. Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
Education
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Music Education w/Secondary Applied Vocal Instruction - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Trumpet Performance - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Bob Cole Conservatory of California State Long Beach - Trumpet Performance - Spring 2008- 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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