Master Class-Stride Piano Orlando FL

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.

Nicole O.
(877) 231-8505
Donna Lynn Lane
Orlando, FL
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Fiddle, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing, Guitar, Violin, Music Theory, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Voice (contemporary and theatrical) Violin (classical, fiddle) Piano (classical, Latin, jazz) Guitar (classical, Latin)
Education
Rollins College - August 2005 - August 2009 (Complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Jill H.
(877) 231-8505
Punta Gorda Circle
Winter Springs, FL
Subjects
Accordion, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Banjo, Opera Voice, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting, Drums, Music Recording, Speaking Voice, Guitar
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I used many methods and books to bring out various ideas on how to teach voice lessons. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Education
Charleston HIgh School - academic diploma - 1971-75 (High School diploma received) Evangel College - music education - 1975-79 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Bonnie P.
(877) 231-8505
Donnelly Circle
Orlando, FL
Subjects
Oboe, Piano
Ages Taught
1 to 25
Specialties
Pop, Rock, Classical
Education
Dunedin High School - - 1973-1975 (degree received) University of South Florida - Music - 1976-1979 (degree received) University of Michigan - Music - 1979-1980 (degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Bryan D.
(877) 231-8505
NW 94th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Subjects
Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Mostly contemporary music - I have incorporated some computer software into my teaching. I find it can provide a more broad range of information and interaction, especially in the teachers absence.
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Eric F.
(877) 231-8505
SW 54th Way
Boca Raton, FL
Subjects
Trumpet, Music Theory, Music Theory, Guitar, Trumpet, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Songwriting, Songwriting, Music Performance, Piano, Piano, Music Recording, Music Recording
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
lydian chromatic theory, George Russell jazz, rock, pop, digital studio recording, record copying, recording techniques, mastering.
Education
Berklee College - Education - 1976-79 (Bachelor's degree received) New England Conservatory - Composition - 1991-93 (Master's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Jill H.
(877) 231-8505
Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, FL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Accordion, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Banjo, Opera Voice, Trumpet, Percussion, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Singing, Violin, Music Performance, Songwriting, Drums, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I used many methods and books to bring out various ideas on how to teach voice lessons. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Education
Charleston HIgh School - academic diploma - 1971-75 (High School diploma received) Evangel College - music education - 1975-79 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Victoria H.
(877) 231-8505
Summer Club Dr
Oviedo, FL
Subjects
Opera Voice, Singing, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 60
Education
University of Central Florida - Music - Aug 2007 - present (not complete) Florida State University - Mathematics - Aug 2006 - May 2007 (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Martin D.
(877) 231-8505
Norwood Place
Clearwater, FL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar and Bass: Beg. to Advanced banjo and piano: Beg. - intermediate All Styles (except Flamenco) to include Folk, Acoustic Fingerstyle, Rock, Punk, Blues, Country, Church, Bluegrass, Soul, Ragtime and Classical.
Education
Excelsior College - Psychology - 1984-1986 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Maryland - Liberal arts - 1981-1983 (Associate degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Lorraine M.
(877) 231-8505
Gulf stream circle
Brandon, FL
Subjects
Singing, Classical Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 18
Education
Barry University - Music - 8/25/2005-12/19/2009 (Bachelor's degree received) Barry University - Biology - 8/25/2005-12/19/2009 (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Dee L.
(877) 231-8505
Addison Drive
Kissimmee, FL
Subjects
Piano, Organ
Ages Taught
7 to 75
Specialties
Methods haven't changed over the decades - I teach traditionally including the basics along with music theory.
Education
Bridgewater College - Music Education - (Bachelor's degree received) Rollins College - Education & Teaching - (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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