Master Class-Stride Piano Denver 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.

Kramer K.
(877) 231-8505
Emerson St.
Denver, CO
Subjects
Music Performance, Upright Bass, Piano, Music Theory, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
I like to use a fun, but practical approach to teaching that utilizes musical examples, auditory and visual learning, and well as conceptual ideas. I teach music theory, improvisation, as well as ideas for playing with a group. I also teach some technique, in order to facilitate progress, and to avoid injury or unnecessary physical strain. Sometimes, I use instructional books for particular lessons as well. Genres that I specialize in include, but are not limited to rock, funk, jazz, alternat…
Education
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Music Performance - Sept. 2005 - June 2009 (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Beth S.
(877) 231-8505
East Hampden Ave
Denver, CO
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
3 to 99
Specialties
music, Piano classical piano
Education
Royalton Hartland Central School - Music - 1986-1990 Metro State College of Denver - Music/Piano - beginning May 2008
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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Sue B.
(877) 231-8505
W Iowa Drive
Denver, CO
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Bastien
Education
North Carolina School of the Arts - voice major - 1976-1980 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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AnnaBeth D.
(877) 231-8505
E Girard Ave
Denver, CO
Subjects
Songwriting, Piano, Opera Voice, Music Performance, Speaking Voice, Singing, Music Theory, Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Piano and vocals: beg to adv Comfortable teaching adults I focus on a basic, historically taught technique that is good for the human vocal instrument, with an emphasis that this basic technique can be applied to any style, from Rock to Opera, from Jazz to Broadway. With proper knowledge of the vocal instrument, both physically and theoretically, I find students progressing with strength and confidence in what each works at through lessons. I put great focus on the fact that I am present to f…
Education
Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School - - 8/93-6/97 (not complete) Regis University - English, Education, minor in Music - 1/98-9/99 (not complete) Lamont School of Music, at The University of Denver - Vocal Performance - 9/00-6/04 (Bachelor's degree received) Mountain BOCES - Education Certification, Music K-12 - 9/06-6/07 (Degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Rachel P.
(877) 231-8505
E. Girard Avenue
Denver, CO
Subjects
Piano, Trumpet, Cello, Bassoon, Music Performance, Violin, Drums, Tuba, Flute, Viola, Clarinet, Ukulele, Trombone, French Horn, Oboe, Percussion, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 20
Specialties
I teach beginner to advanced level flute as well as beginner to intermediate guitar, piano, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. I am a classically trained musician, so I know more about classic/baroque/romantic music. However, I do have experience with jazz and mainstream music.
Education
Eastern University - Music Education and Music Performance - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Brandon N.
(877) 231-8505
East ILIFF Ave
Denver, CO
Subjects
Music Theory, Acting, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I generally can play any style of music that I hear. I enjoy rock/pop music and enjoy learning various finger-picking style of music. Most of my practice takes place on the acoustic guitar for finger strength and then I will apply that to electric guitar. I love blues music as well as R&B and have written several pieces in every genre.
Education
University of Colorado - Bachelors of Science in Music - 2002-2003 (degree received) Polk Community College - General Associate of Arts - 1999-2001 (degree received) Lake Region High School - Tri-Music Honor Society - 1997-2001 (degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Bianca Herbert
1751 S Granby St -
Aurora, CO
Instruments
Audio Recording, Cello, Chorus, Composition, Ear Training, Music Business, Music Therapy, Other, Piano, Suzuki Method, Theory, Viola, Violin, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$38
Years of Experience
16 Years

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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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