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.

Jill H.
(877) 231-8505
Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, FL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Accordion, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Banjo, Opera Voice, Trumpet, Percussion, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting, Drums, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I used many methods and books to bring out various ideas on how to teach voice lessons. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Education
Charleston HIgh School - academic diploma - 1971-75 (High School diploma received) Evangel College - music education - 1975-79 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Angela H.
(877) 231-8505
Jettie St. NE
Palm Bay, FL
Subjects
Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I teach all vocal styles, from Classical to Jazz, Music Theater to Pop. Solfege reinforces ear-training and vocal ability. I teach in the piano style that best fits the student. Theory and sight-reading is an important tool that I teach in a fun way.
Education
Florida State University - Music Education- Vocal - August 2002- December 2006 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Theresa S.
(877) 231-8505
SW 89th St
Miami, FL
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Piano, Opera Voice, Music Performance, Singing, Acting
Ages Taught
12 to 40
Specialties
Opera Voice is most certainly my strongest area of instruction. Classical singing, musical theater, pop voice and piano are also areas I feel comfortable teaching. I can also teach early piano as well as music theory, ear training and sight-reading. Furthermore, I can teach acting within the context of singing.
Education
University of Central Florida - Music Education & Spanish - 2004 -2008 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Miami - Vocal Performance - 2009 - present (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Khelga Link
2633 Pierce street
Hollywood, FL
Instruments
Accordion, Chorus, Concertina, Conducting, Ear Training, Piano, Theory, Voice
Styles
Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Other
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
30 Years

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Elk Grove School of Music
Coconut Creek, FL
 
Yvette M.
(877) 231-8505
Allan Lane
Melbourne Beach, FL
Subjects
Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Music, Guitar, Piano Specialize in beginners and intermediate adults and children. Play Classical Guitar and Piano. Also play rock guitar and acoustic guitar.
Education
Horlick High, Racine, Wisc. - Academic - 1981-1984 (degree received) Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida - Music - 1993-1998 (degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Jill H.
(877) 231-8505
Punta Gorda Circle
Winter Springs, FL
Subjects
Accordion, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Banjo, Opera Voice, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting, Drums, Music Recording, Speaking Voice, Guitar
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I used many methods and books to bring out various ideas on how to teach voice lessons. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Education
Charleston HIgh School - academic diploma - 1971-75 (High School diploma received) Evangel College - music education - 1975-79 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Stacey's Piano Studio
Naples, FL
 
Jesus C.
(877) 231-8505
NE 88th ST
Miami, FL
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Guitar, Singing, Songwriting, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
10 to 99
Specialties
Theory and Improvisation, Scales and Chords
Education
New World School of the Arts And FIU - Music - (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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