Master Class-Stride Piano Escondido 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.

Olivia D.
(877) 231-8505
Patina Street
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
traditional classical piano
Education
University of Oregon - Piano Performance - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Oregon - Music Education certification - 1994-1995 (Degree received) The Boston Conservatory - Piano Performance - 1995-1997 (Master's degree received)
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Rebecca H.
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Santa Isabel St
Carlsbad, CA
Subjects
Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
voice, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano I specialize in opera but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and theatrical Broadway; I teach all styles in piano.
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Plant City High School - College Prep - 1981-1984 Univ of South Florida - Music- Voice - 1984-1993 Univ of Calif. San Diego - MFA-Voice - 2001-2003
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Judi B.
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Corte Verano
Oceanside, CA
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Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 13
Specialties
Music theory, classics and popular music.
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Marymount - college prep - 1968-1972 (High School diploma received) U.S.C. - music & psychology - 1972-1976 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Erin C.
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Carmel Creek Rd. Building D,
San Diego, CA
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Violin, Viola, Piano
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
Music, Violin, Viola, Piano Primarily Suzuki method. I am very creative in my teaching methods though. I believe in making learning fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
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Dogwood Academy - - 1996-2000 (degree received) UNC Charlotte - Music - '00-'02 & '05-08 (degree received)
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Andy S.
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E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA
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Music Performance, Percussion, Drums, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
My percussion knowledge is vast and I can teach any genre My guitar knowledge is considerably less, but I can teach from beginners to intermediate levels. My piano knowledge is beginner to novice level
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Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - 9/1991-5/1995 (Bachelor's degree received) New York University - Music/Composition - 9/1995-5/1997 (Master's degree received)
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Miho G.
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Rancho Bernardo Road
San Diego, CA
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Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Hal Leonard, James Bastien, The technique of the arm
Education
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Piano Performance/Pedagogy - 1989 - 1992 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Benjamin C.
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Lincoln Street,
Carlsbad, CA
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Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Modern/Classic/Acoustic Rock Pop Hip Hop Ballads Punk Metal Industrial Electronic
Education
Sunflower Christian - General - 1989-1993 (High School diploma received) Palomar College - General - 1990-2000 (not complete) Cedarville College - Communications/audio/video - 1994-1996 (not complete) Cal State Bakersfield - Communications/audio/video - 1997-1998 (not complete)
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Carol F.
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Autumn Dr.
Oceanside, CA
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Music Theory, Singing, Piano, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
7 to 99
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music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera. I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
Education
Wheaton North - college prep - 1969-1972 (degree received) Northland College - art - 1972-1973 (not complete) Wisc. College Conservatory of Music - jazz voice - 1973-1975 (not complete) Musician's Institute - voice - 1990-1991 (degree received)
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Nahal D.
(877) 231-8505
Torrey Bluff Dr
San Diego, CA
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Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 60
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classical music is my specialization. However, I always look for students' talents and interests when teaching them.
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UCSD - Electrical Engineering - 2004-2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Carol F.
(877) 231-8505
Autumn Dr.
Oceanside, CA
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Music Theory, Singing, Piano, Speaking Voice
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7 to 99
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music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera. I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
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Wheaton North - college prep - 1969-1972 (degree received) Northland College - art - 1972-1973 (not complete) Wisc. College Conservatory of Music - jazz voice - 1973-1975 (not complete) Musician's Institute - voice - 1990-1991 (degree received)
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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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