Master Class-Stride Piano Lancaster 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.

Donna D.
(877) 231-8505
San Clemente Dr.,
Corte Madera, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
For voice, I teach classical style, including posture, breathing, tone production, vowel production, phrasing, diction, appropriate style and performance practice, and music reading. Materials I use include everything from folk songs to arias, and 16th century to contemporary compositions, in English, Italian, Latin, French and German. Voice is my primary interest. I am also competent to teach beginning theory, and beginning piano, both classical and standard popular, including improvization …
Education
Pepperdine University - Educational Computing, Administration - 1983-1987 (degree received) Occidental College - Music - 1964-1968 (degree received) UC, Berkeley - Poli Sci/Music - 1958-1963 (degree received) Marlborough School - college prep - 1952-1958 (degree received)
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Andrew V.
(877) 231-8505
Summit St.
Oakland, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
7 to 25
Specialties
I was taught using the Suzuki Method and I adapt it to my students needs. I was classically trained at UC Santa Cruz, and I am most familiar with music from the Baroque and Romantic Eras.
Education
UC Santa Cruz - B. A. Music - September 2004 - June 2008 (Bachelor's degree received) Chadwick High School - High School Diploma - September 2000- June 2004 (High School diploma received)
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Matthew M.
(877) 231-8505
Centralia St.
Lakewood, CA
Subjects
Piano, Singing, Trumpet, Ukulele, Music Theory, French Horn, Percussion, Songwriting, Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin. For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will more closely follow school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials. I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing. Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
Education
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Music Education w/Secondary Applied Vocal Instruction - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Trumpet Performance - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Bob Cole Conservatory of California State Long Beach - Trumpet Performance - Spring 2008- Present (not complete)
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Priscilla M.
(877) 231-8505
Via Aquario
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical music, all periods. Musical theatre, vocal coaching and musical directing. Improvisation on piano, all styles.
Education
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music - Piano Performance - 1980-1984 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Redlands - Piano Performance - 1984-1986 (Master's degree received)
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Patricia M.
(877) 231-8505
W. CAPITOL DR
San Pedro, CA
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Singing, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
8 to 50
Specialties
I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
Education
Peabody Conservatory ** - Opera/classical music - 1959-62 (Bachelor's degree received) Platt College - Computer Graphics - 1995-96 (Degree received) Hood College for Women - Music & Art - 1958-1962 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Joseph T.
(877) 231-8505
Spazier Ave
Glendale, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
Classical
Education
Northridge Cal.State - Music,Piano - 1983 to 1986 (not complete)
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Scott Myers
300 Crisp Ave
Vallejo, CA
Instruments
Accordion, Chorus, Clarinet, Composition, Conducting, Drums, Ear Training, Film Scoring, Flute, Handbells, Mallet, Marimba, Music Business, Oboe, Organ, Other, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Recorder, Saxophone, Theory, Timpani, Trombone, Trumpet, Voice, World Music
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$60
Years of Experience
30 Years

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Inna G.
(877) 231-8505
Cedar Dr
Citrus Heights, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
Moldova Music School - Music - 1993-2000 (High School diploma received) Sierra College - Music - 2004-2008 (Associate degree received) Academy of Spiritual Music of Moskow - Conducting - 2007-2009 (Associate's degree received)) Sierra College - Music teacher /Transfer to SacState - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jonathan M.
(877) 231-8505
Andrew Street
Tracy, CA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
UC Berkeley - Political Science - 2005-2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Alex L.
(877) 231-8505
Camllia Dr.,
Fontana, CA
Subjects
Accordion, Piano, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
16 to 99
Specialties
Accordion, piano, classical guitar Traditional Russian School
Education
California Baptist University (MM) - Music, Conducting - 2007-2009 University of Culture - Music, Orchestration - 1977-1979 College of Music (BM) - Music, Performance - 1971-1975 Music School #4 - Music Performence, Music Theory, Music Literature, Orchestra - 1964-1971 High School #3 - Languauge, Math, Siense - 1963-1973
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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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