Master Class-Stride Piano Dundalk MD

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.

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Baltimore, MD
 
Orlando S.
(877) 231-8505
Nettleton Court
Windsor Mill, MD
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Singing, Piano, Opera Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Speaking Voice, Songwriting, Music Theory
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10 to 99
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Voice, Beginning Piano, Singing, opera Voice, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Ear Training, Sight Singing, Sight Reading, Speaking Voice, Songwriting Bel Canto, Old World Technique, Belting, Broadway, Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, Sacred Music, R&B, Jazz, Beginning Piano
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Parkville HIgh School - Computer Science - 8/2001 - 5/2005 UMBC - Vocal Performance and Composition - 8/2005 - 5/2009 Peabody Institute - 8/2009- 5/2011 Pursuing Master's in voice
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Old Court Rd
Riderwood, MD
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Singing, Piano, Opera Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Speaking Voice, Songwriting, Music Theory
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10 to 99
Specialties
Voice, Beginning Piano, Singing, opera Voice, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Ear Training, Sight Singing, Sight Reading, Speaking Voice, Songwriting Bel Canto, Old World Technique, Belting, Broadway, Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, Sacred Music, R&B, Jazz, Beginning Piano
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Parkville HIgh School - Computer Science - 8/2001 - 5/2005 UMBC - Vocal Performance and Composition - 8/2005 - 5/2009 Peabody Institute - 8/2009- 5/2011 Pursuing Master's in voice
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Harrowdale Street,
Baltimore, MD
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Songwriting, Piano, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Performance
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4 to 99
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I studied and performed jazz guitar in college, though I perform a wide variety of genres (pop, rock, blues, show tunes, etc.) professionally. My specialties on piano would be pop and rock, as well as beginning piano in any genre.
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University of Maryland Baltimore County - music performance-jazz-guitar - 8/2005-5/2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Chevy Chase, MD
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Upright Bass, Cello, Piano, Music Theory
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5 to 99
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pop, traditional, classical, baroque, renaissance
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Juilliard Pre-College - Double Bass Performance - 1998-1999 (High School diploma received) Eastman School of Music - Double Bass Performance - 1999-2003 (Bachelor's degree received) Cincinnati College Conservatory - Double Bass Performance - 2003-2005 (Master's degree received) Stony Brook University - Double Bass Performance - 2005-Present (not complete)
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N Rolling Road
Windsor Mill, MD
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Piano, Music Theory
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music, piano, music theory classical, hymn playing
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Calvary Baptist School - College Prep - 1994-1998 Bob Jones University - Church Music, Piano - 1998-2002 Bob Jones University - Church Music, Piano - 2002-2004
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Harrowdale Street,
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Songwriting, Piano, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Performance
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4 to 99
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I studied and performed jazz guitar in college, though I perform a wide variety of genres (pop, rock, blues, show tunes, etc.) professionally. My specialties on piano would be pop and rock, as well as beginning piano in any genre.
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University of Maryland Baltimore County - music performance-jazz-guitar - 8/2005-5/2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Main St.,
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N Rolling Road
Windsor Mill, MD
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Piano, Music Theory
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music, piano, music theory classical, hymn playing
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Calvary Baptist School - College Prep - 1994-1998 Bob Jones University - Church Music, Piano - 1998-2002 Bob Jones University - Church Music, Piano - 2002-2004
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Waldorf, MD
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I use beginner music theory, exercises, scales, arpeggios, sight reading. I like to use books by Bastien and Thompson. I teach classical, jazz and modern piano styles. I personally specialized in Baroque, traditional classical, and modern 20th Century music. I have also used Czerny and Hanon for technique exercises.
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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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