Master Class-Stride Piano Lowell MA

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.

Rachel P.
(877) 231-8505
Lords Court
Wilmington, MA
Subjects
Trombone, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 18
Specialties
I specialize in a classical style for brass instruments and the piano.
Education
Eastman School of Music - Trombone Performance and Music Education - 9/98-12/02 (Bachelor's degree received) Boston University, College of Fine Arts - Trombone Performance - 9/03-5/05 (Master's degree received)
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Ian Walsh
5B Upper Rd
Plaistow, NH
Instruments
Audio Recording, Composition, Ear Training, Electric Bass, Guitar, Other, Piano, Recording, Theory
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$30
Years of Experience
8 Years

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Jonathan P.
(877) 231-8505
Overlook Ridge Dr.
Malden, MA
Subjects
Piano, Trombone, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Songwriting, Music Theory, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical and Jazz
Education
Westfield State Colege - Music Education - 9/99 - 5/04 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Danilo H.
(877) 231-8505
Woodville St.
Boston, MA
Subjects
Percussion, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Music Theory, Guitar, Drums, Music Performance, Piano, Tuba
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Improvisation, Traditional West African drumming as well as popular music from different regions in Africa, Classical solo trumpet and orchestral performance, Latin percussion.
Education
The New England Conservatory of Music - Trumpet Performance - Fall 2004 - Spring 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kyle B.
(877) 231-8505
Faulkner Street
Ayer, MA
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory, Organ, Music Performance
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I teach beginning piano students using the Schaum Piano Method Books. The primary genre of music that I teach is classical.
Education
Milford High School - - 2000-2004 (not complete) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Organ Performance - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2009-present (not complete)
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Kyle B.
(877) 231-8505
Faulkner Street
Ayer, MA
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory, Organ, Music Performance
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I teach beginning piano students using the Schaum Piano Method Books. The primary genre of music that I teach is classical.
Education
Milford High School - - 2000-2004 (not complete) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Organ Performance - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2009-present (not complete)
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Caroline M.
(877) 231-8505
Wicklow Avenue
Medford, MA
Subjects
Piano, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Acting, Opera Voice, Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
All styles are chosen to fit each students goals and levels.
Education
Richmond High School - College Preperatory - 1996-2000 (degree received) University of Maine - Vocal Performance - 2000-2004 (degree received) Longy School of Music - Opera Performance - 2005-2008 (degree received)
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Jonathan P.
(877) 231-8505
Overlook Ridge Dr.
Malden, MA
Subjects
Piano, Trombone, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Songwriting, Music Theory, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical and Jazz
Education
Westfield State Colege - Music Education - 9/99 - 5/04 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Justin A.
(877) 231-8505
Quinn St
North Attleboro, MA
Subjects
Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Music Performance, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I pride myself in being well trained in all styles of music. In attaining each of my degrees, I have put an emphasis on being versatile and well-rounded. For drum set, I like to use method books such as: Stick Control, Syncopation and Future Sounds.
Education
Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst - Music - 2003-2006 (Bachelor's degree received) Holyoke Community College - Arts with a concentration in Music - 2001-2003 (Associate degree received)
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Rachel P.
(877) 231-8505
Lords Court
Wilmington, MA
Subjects
Trombone, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 18
Specialties
I specialize in a classical style for brass instruments and the piano.
Education
Eastman School of Music - Trombone Performance and Music Education - 9/98-12/02 (Bachelor's degree received) Boston University, College of Fine Arts - Trombone Performance - 9/03-5/05 (Master's degree 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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