Master Class-Stride Piano Lancaster PA

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.

Kim Pritchard
411 Seville Dr
Red Lion, PA
Instruments
Piano, Saxophone
Styles
Classical, Jazz, Kids
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$36
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Jacquie C.
(877) 231-8505
Creek Rd.
Bath, PA
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
All styles from Opera to POP! Experience with teaching young children, special needs (physically/intellectually disabled), and people who are tone deaf.
Education
Warwick High School - HS Diploma - 1993-1997 (High School diploma received) Millersville University - Vocal Performance - 1997-2000 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Katie Rudolph
2109 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA
Instruments
Ear Training, Music Business, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Jazz
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$40
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Music Makers.....for Life, Inc.
(215) 801-6443
Yardley, PA
 
Kim Pritchard
411 Seville Dr
Red Lion, PA
Instruments
Piano, Saxophone
Styles
Classical, Jazz, Kids
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$36
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Marian Mikesell
506 Franklin St.
Carlisle, PA
Instruments
Flute, Organ, Piano
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$30
Years of Experience
20 Years

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John M.
(877) 231-8505
S Warnock St.
Philadelphia, PA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
9 to 99
Specialties
music, Piano Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Blues, Jazz, Improvisation, sight reading, theory, rhythmic training, ear training.
Education
Bensalem High School - - 1996-2000
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Zachary P.
(877) 231-8505
S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA
Subjects
Mandolin, Piano, Banjo, Classical Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele, Guitar, Music Performance, Drums, Bass Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I am educated in the merridee winters method of teaching. I am a capable player and educator in the styles of Jazz, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Classical technique
Education
University of The Arts - Jazz Guitar Performance - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Kimberly Brennan
5455 Walnut Lane
Zionsville, PA
Instruments
Chorus, Ear Training, Music Therapy, Piano, Theory, Voice
Styles
Classical, Kids, Other
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
20 Years

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Amy A.
(877) 231-8505
Pequea Avenue
Honey Brook, PA
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Trumpet, French Horn, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
My training is in classical music but I teach other genres as well.
Education
Bucknell University - Music - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) Cherry Hill HS East - general - 1986-1990 (High School diploma received)
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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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