Master Class-Stride Piano Jackson TN

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.

Steve W.
(877) 231-8505
Brick Church Pike
Goodlettsville, TN
Subjects
Percussion, Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Piano, Music Recording, Music Theory, Guitar, Drums
Ages Taught
15 to 65
Specialties
Mainly pop and rock, but I am very versatile and have had extensive experience in just about everything imaginable.
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Jim Fox
P.O. Box 111665
Nashville, TN
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Jazz
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$40
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Joshua B.
(877) 231-8505
Benjamin St.
Nashville, TN
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I have been trained in classical and contemporary styles. My areas of specialty are in the pop/rock category, with country and soul music as well.
Education
Belmont University - Music - 8-1996 to 5-1999 (Bachelor's degree received) Muscatine Community College - Music/Arts - 8-1993 to 5-1996 (Associate degree received)
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Jeanne M.
(877) 231-8505
Larkwood Lane
Knoxville, TN
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory, Organ
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Education
Bearden High School - - 1968-1970 (High School diploma received) University of Tennessee - Musicology - 1970-1974 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Tennessee - Musicology - 1974-1977 (Master's degree received)
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Charlotte Wilson
1116 Whitten Road
Memphis, TN
Instruments
Composition, Ear Training, Electronic, Piano, Theory, Voice
Styles
Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$24
Years of Experience
20 Years

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Amy Frederick
124 Jesse Brown Drive
Goodlettsville, TN
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$0
Years of Experience
15 Years

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Troika H.
(877) 231-8505
Bradburn Village Cr.
Antioch, TN
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 70
Specialties
::::Piano:::: As family is the base for a stable home, scales for me is foundation. I specialize in Jazz, Classical and Contemporary.
Education
Fisk University - Music Performance, minor Music Business - 2005 - 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kevin F.
(877) 231-8505
Meadow Glade Lane
Memphis, TN
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Songwriting, Piano, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Singing, Opera Voice
Ages Taught
10 to 60
Specialties
I am much more familiar with classical styles and broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.
Education
Lincoln HS - n/a - 1996-1999 (High School diploma received) Harding University - music - 1999-2003 (Bachelor's degree received) Azusa Pacific Univ. - music - 2004-2006 (Master's degree received) Union Univ. - teaching - 2008-2009 (not complete)
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Janah W.
(877) 231-8505
Lewisburg Pike
Franklin, TN
Subjects
Piano, Singing, Music Recording, Music Performance, Flute
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am most experienced in vocal, music performance and recording, piano and flute
Education
Holly Pond High School - - 1996-2000 (complete) Lee University - Communications/Music - 2000-2004 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Karen Gibson
Bonnacreek Dr
Hermitage, TN
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Jazz, Kids, Other
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$0
Years of Experience
7 Years

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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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