Master Class-Stride Piano New Castle DE

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.

Valerie B.
(877) 231-8505
Denn Place
Wilmington, DE
Subjects
Piano, Violin, Singing
Ages Taught
1 to 16
Specialties
For piano & violin, I specialize in the younger aged students (grades K-8) beginner/intermediate levels. For singing, I specialize in whatever age you at! I am able to train in various styles ranging from Children's songs to Broadway, Contemporary or even the more classical approach necessary for arias and traditional hymns. I also can address specific needs like learning choral music for a student's school choir and preparing a student for auditions or talent shows.
Education
West Chester University - Music Education, K-12 - Fall 1993- Spring 1997 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Sharon B.
(877) 231-8505
Yorkminster Road
West Chester, PA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I'm a classically trained pianist. I teach students to read music. I teach all kinds of music not just classical.
Education
Loudoun County High - HS Diploma - 1978-81 (High School diploma received) West Chester University - Piano Performance - 1981-85 (Bachelor's degree received) Catholic University of America - Piano Performance - 1981-87 (Master's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Nora M.
(877) 231-8505
Thorn Lane,
Newark, DE
Subjects
Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Oboe, Bassoon, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 40
Specialties
I have used the Gordon Method during my studies at the University of Miami. I use a combination of that method as well as my own depending on the age level of the students.
Education
University of Miami - music education - 08/06-05/10 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Delaware - music performance - 08/10-05/12 (not complete)
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Music On the Move Inc
(302) 239-9262
Hockessin, DE
 
Nora M.
(877) 231-8505
Thorn Lane,
Newark, DE
Subjects
Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Oboe, Bassoon, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 40
Specialties
I have used the Gordon Method during my studies at the University of Miami. I use a combination of that method as well as my own depending on the age level of the students.
Education
University of Miami - music education - 08/06-05/10 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Delaware - music performance - 08/10-05/12 (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Valerie B.
(877) 231-8505
Denn Place
Wilmington, DE
Subjects
Piano, Violin, Singing
Ages Taught
1 to 16
Specialties
For piano & violin, I specialize in the younger aged students (grades K-8) beginner/intermediate levels. For singing, I specialize in whatever age you at! I am able to train in various styles ranging from Children's songs to Broadway, Contemporary or even the more classical approach necessary for arias and traditional hymns. I also can address specific needs like learning choral music for a student's school choir and preparing a student for auditions or talent shows.
Education
West Chester University - Music Education, K-12 - Fall 1993- Spring 1997 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Accent Music
(302) 999-9939
5810 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE
 
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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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