Master Class-Stride Piano Fort Myers FL

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.

Stacey's Piano Studio
Naples, FL
 
Khelga Link
2633 Pierce street
Hollywood, FL
Instruments
Accordion, Chorus, Concertina, Conducting, Ear Training, Piano, Theory, Voice
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Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Other
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$45
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30 Years

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Windy C.
(877) 231-8505
22nd Ave. N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 18
Specialties
I try to combine classic pedagogy of piano with ear training and modern music. Proficiency in chords, scales, and improvisation.
Education
Florida Christian College - Music Education/Music Ministry - 2000-2006 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Lisa F.
(877) 231-8505
Lafayette Place
Lutz, FL
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Music Theory, Piano, Music Performance
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3 to 99
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I specialize in teaching classical and popular repertoire. I have taught other styles as well as improvisation. I utilize a student centered approach structuring lessons to suit each student's individual goals.
Education
University of Southern Mississippi - Counseling Psychology - 1/88-12/89 (Master's degree received) Loyola University - Music and Psychology - 8/83-5/84 and 8/86-12/87 (Bachelor's degree received) New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) And Andrew Jackson High School - Piano and College Preparatoy Classes - 8/82-5/83 and 8/79-5/83 (High School diploma received)
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Dee L.
(877) 231-8505
Addison Drive
Kissimmee, FL
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Piano, Organ
Ages Taught
7 to 75
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Methods haven't changed over the decades - I teach traditionally including the basics along with music theory.
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Bridgewater College - Music Education - (Bachelor's degree received) Rollins College - Education & Teaching - (Master's degree received)
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Andrew H.
(877) 231-8505
Markstown Dr.
Tampa, FL
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Opera Voice, Singing, Piano, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
As a singer, I have equal experience in singing Musical theater, Christian Worship, and Classical Singing. I believe that good expressive technique is the foundation of all singing and this does not vary from style. It is the tone and vibrato that change from style to style. As far as piano, I am both an improvisatory pianist and a classical pianist. I have given lesson to students using the three hand method to develop students skills playing off of chords. I have also worked with students …
Education
Satellite High School - General - 2001-2005 (High School diploma received) University of South Florida - Music Composition - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Nicholas M.
(877) 231-8505
Gearhart Rd.
Tallahassee, FL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Violin, Mandolin, Piano, Percussion, Music Theory, Music Performance, Upright Bass, Flamenco Guitar, Music Recording, Drums, Banjo, Songwriting, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I love all music and have had at least some experience with almost all styles/genres. I have done classical, rap, metal, rock, jazz, Latin, Irish, Chinese, Balinese, Peruvian, Caribbean, bluegrass, country, video game music, you name it...
Education
Fort Walton Beach High School - Music- Guitar/ Percussion - 2000-2004 (High School diploma received) Okaloosa Walton College - Music- Classical guitar - 2004-2006 (Associate degree received) Florida State University - Music- Classical guitar - 2007-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Andrew G.
(877) 231-8505
Bay View Dr.
Safety Harbor, FL
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Music Theory, Trombone, Songwriting, Music Performance, Tuba, Singing, Piano, Trumpet
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1 to 99
Specialties
All styles of music and performance. (jazz/Classical,Pop, etc)
Education
North Stafford High - General Ed - 1992-1995 (High School diploma received) Radford University - Music - 1195-2000 (Bachelor's degree received) FIU/ - Jazz Edu - 2001-2002 (not complete)
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Alexandra L.
(877) 231-8505
SW 82 Street
Miami, FL
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Piano, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice, Singing, Acting, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Dance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I specialize in teaching voice to both musical theatre and classically trained voice students. I am also trained in staging musical theatre and opera songs.
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University of Miami - - 2007-present (not complete)
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(877) 231-8505
Cascades Park Trail Deland, FL
Deland, FL
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Music Theory, Guitar, Drums, Piano
Ages Taught
13 to 70
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Visualization method of practicing guitar: classical style, rock style, contemporary christian song style.
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Stetson University - Music Composition - 2008-2010 (not complete)
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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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