Master Class-Stride Piano Ithaca NY

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.

Gregory H.
(877) 231-8505
85th rd.
Jamaica, NY
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Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I specialize in jazz and classical music. I use many common methods depending on how the student tends to learn the best, and will even combine different methods if the student requires it.
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Georgia State University - Jazz Studies, Trumpet - 8/05-5/09 (Bachelor's degree received) City University of New York, Queens College - Jazz Trumpet Performance - 8/10-present (not complete)
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New York, NY
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Flute, Guitar, Other, Piano, Recorder, Voice
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Blues, Classical, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$55
Years of Experience
20 Years

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Glen F.
(877) 231-8505
113 Street
Forest Hills, NY
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Piano
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5 to 99
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I have been trained as a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music and by Madeline Bruser, author of the highly acclaimed book, The Art of Practicing. There was tremendous focus put into communication with the student and listening to his/her needs, reading music fluently, playing with minimum tension/maximum efficiency (knowing how to move with ease while achieving the sound the student desires), listening techniques at the piano, and learning to play with confidence and joy. I have a profess…
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Manhattan School of Music - Piano Performance - 9/05-6/10 (Bachelor's degree received) SUNY Stony Brook - Piano Performance - 9/03-12/04
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Michael S.
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E 3 St
New York, NY
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Music Theory, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Mandolin, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I have extensive experience in a wide variety of styles. These include classical, jazz, country, various ethnic, rock, and pop styles.
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St John's Prep - General - 1967-1971 (not complete) Queensborough Community College - Music - 1974-1976 (not complete) Empire State College - Music & Education - 1994-1996 (not complete)
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Natalia Huang
Murray Hill
New York, NY
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Piano
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Classical, Kids
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$60
Years of Experience
12 Years

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Matt James
1363 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY
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Guitar, Piano
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Kids
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Beginner
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$25
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17 Years

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Sergey D.
(877) 231-8505
Kissena Blvd,
Flushing, NY
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Piano
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7 to 99
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classical piano
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Manhattan School of Music - piano performance - 2005 - 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Mary P.
(877) 231-8505
Montauk Highway
Oakdale, NY
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Music Performance, Singing, Piano, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Acting
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5 to 99
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I specialize in classical vocal technique (having been an opera singer and studying in NY for 20 years.) I prepare students for musical theater auditions and NYSSMA. I can also help with any type of vocal work you may need. I teach fundamentals of piano technique along with easy jazz and current songs. I can teach anything vocal and teach up to intermediate piano. I also prep students for musical theater auditions and coach character development.
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Suffolk County Community College - Ed Psych - 2009-2010 (not complete) University of Phoenix - Education - 2007-2008 (not complete) University of Pittsburgh - Philosophy/Minor in Music - 1977-1981 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Matthew M.
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Samuels Path
Miller Place, NY
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Acting, Music Theory, Viola, Guitar, Singing, Piano, Clarinet, Upright Bass, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Violin, Cello, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am well-versed in the Suzuki, Strictly String, Muller-Rusch, and Essential Elements methods. I find it helpful and insightful to include both classical and contemporary/pop music. In addition, I am constantly coming up with unique activities and lessons of my own that I think will benefit the student.
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Susquehanna University - Music Education - 08/2006-05/2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Suzanne D. Grant
444 W. 46th Street 1C
New York, NY
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Chorus, Piano, Voice
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Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$60
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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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