Master Class-Stride Piano Midland TX

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.

Cheryl O.
(877) 231-8505
Cedarwood Ct.
Arlington, TX
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Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I believe young students like to learn with touching and doing. I've use materials from Bastien, Thompson, Aaron along with aids I create for students to get the best learning experience. With adult students, we discuss what the goal is for taking lessons and in what ways they learn best.
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Illinois Wesleyan University - Music Ed - Piano - 1975-1979 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Sing & Play Music Studio
(512) 415-1134
Austin, TX
 
Piano Playhouse
(210) 823-6012
Helotes, TX
 
Rocio R.
(877) 231-8505
Woodlark Wy.
El Paso, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Opera Voice, Guitar, Music Performance, Singing, Classical Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Opera Voice Bel Canto Contemporary Singing Classical Piano Classical Guitar Folk Guitar Latin-American Styles Pop
Education
University of Texas at El Paso - Music - 08/2000-05/2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Joanne Marie’s School of Piano
Canyon Lake, TX
 
Mark Polimeno
135 Spanish Moss Lane
Lake Jackson, TX
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Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone
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Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$40
Years of Experience
23 Years

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Christina H.
(877) 231-8505
Village Center Drive
Austin, TX
Subjects
Piano, Singing, Organ, Music Theory, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I primarily focus on the classical genre (including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century, and Contemporary eras). I have found if one can play classics well, it is easier to learn pop music.
Education
University of Northern Iowa - Organ Performance - June 1995-May 1999 (Bachelor's degree received) Arizona State University - Organ Performance - Sept. 1999-May 2002 (Master's degree received) Arizona State University - Organ Performance - Sept. 1999-Aug. 2008 (PhD degree received)
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Jerod S.
(877) 231-8505
Eustis Ave
Dallas, TX
Subjects
Opera Voice, Music Theory, Music Performance, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Songwriting, Music Recording, Speaking Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
piano, voice, singing, Songwriting, Music, Music Theory, Public Speaking, Vocal : Pop, R&B, gospel, Rock, Adult Contemporary. Praise Team and Ensemble singing. Anything related to church music. Piano : Classical, Written, Chord Charts, Fake Books, etc.
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Baylor University - 1997-2001 - Bachelor's in Music Midway- Graduated 1997 - High School
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Karen G.
(877) 231-8505
Sherwood. Dr.
Arlington, TX
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Piano
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4 to 99
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Classical, Praise Music, Pop/Rock, Some Blues and Jazz. I teach both how to play by ear and how to read sheet music.
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Texas Wesleyan University - Music - Aug. 2005-Aug.2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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April P.
(877) 231-8505
W Parmer Ln
Austin, TX
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Music Theory, Piano, Singing
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5 to 99
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ATI Center - Graphic Illustration - 2000-2001 (Degree received) Texas Woman's University - Music w/ Teacher Certification - 1995-1999 (Bachelor'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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