Master Class-Stride Piano El Paso TX

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.

Rocio R.
(877) 231-8505
Woodlark Wy.
El Paso, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Opera Voice, Guitar, Music Performance, Singing, Classical Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Opera Voice Bel Canto Contemporary Singing Classical Piano Classical Guitar Folk Guitar Latin-American Styles Pop
Education
University of Texas at El Paso - Music - 08/2000-05/2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jerilyn C.
(877) 231-8505
Beckley Ct.
Colleyville, TX
Subjects
Singing, Opera Voice, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 18
Specialties
I specialize in classical training and view various physical movements while singing as a valuable training tool to help the singer apply certain technique to their sound. I also would like students to record themselves during the lesson because audio recordings and video recordings are great ways for students to see their mistakes and strengths. This way, the student will understand what I am trying to point out because singing is a sensual art. For theory, I explain certain rules of classic…
Education
University of Dallas - Interdisciplinary Studies - Fall 2006-Spring 2008 (not complete) University of Texas at Arlington - Music Education All-Level Choral - Fall 2008-Present (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Everson Music Academy, Group Piano Studio
The Woodlands, TX
 
Cheryl P.
(877) 231-8505
Travis Ave
Fort Worth, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
My specialty is classical music. I believe that a strong background in classical music is important for any musician, regardless of their musical preferences. I assign scales and arpeggios, and occasionally use technical exercises and studies in lessons. That being said, I allow for student input, and will also teach music such as church hymns or pop songs, or any other piece you or your child are interested in. I will work with you to achieve all of your musical goals! If you are thinking ab…
Education
Texas Christian University - Piano Performance - 8/01-5/06 (degree received) University of North Texas - Piano Performance - 8/06-5/08 (degree received)
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World of Music
New Braunfels, TX
 
Ann Eckman Piano Studio
(817) 905-3293
Aledo, TX
 
Paula N.
(877) 231-8505
Glenfield Ct
Houston, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Singing, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
I am a classically trained musician, so I feel that in order for students to be successful in any type of singing or playing style they should have some basic classical training. I enjoy teaching children's music, contemporary Christian music, and pop.
Education
McLennan Community College - Music - Vocal & Piano - August 2004-May 2007 (Associate degree received) Houston Baptist University - Music & Political Science - September 2007 - May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Danaila H.
(877) 231-8505
Bing Dr.
Fort Worth, TX
Subjects
Singing, Organ, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 70
Specialties
Preferably Classical Music, Opera, Operetta (Music Theatre) and Broadway. I use different methods depending of students age, goals, and intensity of work.
Education
AMTI (Academy Superior of Music and Arts), Plovdiv (Bulgaria) - Music Pedagogy (Piano, Voice, Theory, Choir Conducting) - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) AMTI, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) - Voice Pedagogy - 1994-1996 (Master's degree received) TCU - MM in Conducting - 2007-2009 (Master's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Mark Polimeno
135 Spanish Moss Lane
Lake Jackson, TX
Instruments
Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone
Styles
Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$40
Years of Experience
23 Years

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Lewisville, TX
 
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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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