Master Class-Stride Piano Olympia WA

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.

Tim Cromwell
Cromwell Music 7033A 20th Ave SE
Lacey, WA
Instruments
Chorus, Clarinet, Flute, Handbells, Horn, Percussion, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
5 Years

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Peter C.
(877) 231-8505
SW Grayson St.
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Piano, Music Performance, Saxophone, Music Theory, Singing
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
My major in college was jazz voice. But a close second and third instruments are saxophone and piano. Great with young students as well as adults.
Education
Cornish College of the Arts - jazz voice - 03'-07' (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Michael H.
(877) 231-8505
126th Way NE
Kirkland, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Music Performance, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I teach multiple styles of guitar for all levels. I am very proficient in Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Pop guitar playing. I can also teach songwriting, rock/jazz piano, music theory, and general music performance.
Education
Seattle Pacific University - Music Theory - September 2006-June 2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Renata F.
(877) 231-8505
Basin View Ct SE
Yelm, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
University of Toronto, Canada - piano performance - 1984 - 1988 (Bachelor's degree received) East Texas State University, Commerce, TX - piano perfomance/pedagogy - 1992 - 1994 (Master's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Tim C.
(877) 231-8505
Bellevue Ave E
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Beginning Mandolin, Jazz Mandolin, Music theory, ear training, song writing, performance skills. My specialty is anything having to do with electric bass. I also teach theory and lead sheet reading, improvisation, transcription, and jamming skills. in addition to regular curriculum (reading, technique, memorization) I also focus heavily on rhythm.
Education
Klahowya SS - general - 1997-2000 Olympic College - General/Music - 2001-2003 Cornish College of the arts - Music - 2004-2006
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Renata F.
(877) 231-8505
Basin View Ct SE
Yelm, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
University of Toronto, Canada - piano performance - 1984 - 1988 (Bachelor's degree received) East Texas State University, Commerce, TX - piano perfomance/pedagogy - 1992 - 1994 (Master's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Sonoma County Children's Music
(360) 798-8888
Camas, WA
 
Kallie H.
(877) 231-8505
NE 96th St
Vancouver, WA
Subjects
Piano, Acting, Flute, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I love to use games and activities to engage my younger students. I also have them study a different composer each month. I teach my students about all music and how to identify musical styles and instruments. Composition and improvising is another method I stress with my students.
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Linda U.
(877) 231-8505
- 33rd Place SW
Federal Way, WA
Subjects
Piano, Music Performance, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 65
Specialties
I utilize the Myron Cole Method of teaching piano, but specialize in developing the total musician through: listening, singing, moving and composing music. I encourage my students to attend concerts, and I have them involved in recitals, and community events. I also teach choral singing, and conduct a children's choir at school - year starting 2010.
Education
Cornish College of the Arts - Classical Piano - 4/55 - 5/70 (not complete) Seattle University - Education - 1/91 - 6/94 (Master's degree received) The Evergreen State College - Liberal Arts/Performance/Media - 9/85 - 6/87 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Paul W.
(877) 231-8505
7th Street SW
Puyallup, WA
Subjects
Opera Voice, Music Theory, Speaking Voice, Piano, Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Music Performance, Violin
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
My primary instrument is voice and I specialize in classical voice, including opera.
Education
Central Washington University - Music - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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