Master Class-Stride Piano Durango 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.

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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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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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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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Mary F.
(877) 231-8505
S Devinney St
Denver, CO
Subjects
Music Performance, Guitar, Piano, Organ, Banjo, Classical Guitar, Singing, Music Theory
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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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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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Johanna N.
(877) 231-8505
E. County Line Rd.,
Littleton, CO
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Singing
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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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)
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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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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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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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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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