Master Class-Stride Piano Pasadena 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.

Nora F.
(877) 231-8505
Confederate Dr.
Pearland, TX
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
music, piano Depending upon the age and experience, I start very basic by showing the student the piano and discussing the names of the keys. I want the student to have fun so at the end of the lesson the student is able to play whatever he/she wants to play.
Education
University of Houston Clear Lake - Finance - 2001-2003 University of Houston Clear Lake - MIS - 2003-2006
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Hsin-Jung T.
(877) 231-8505
Almeda Road,
Houston, TX
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
music, Theory, Composition, Piano Theory: I am experienced in helping students to prepare the ABRSM exam. Composition: Start with harmony, counterpoint with analysis of master composer's music; then, encourage students to develop and create their musical ideas. Piano: any kind of music scores and books are suitable for my teaching.
Education
• Graduate Center of City University of New York - • D.M.A Level II in Music Composition - August, 2000 • Queens College of City University of New York - Music Composition - August, 1997 Taipei National University of Arts - Theory and Composition - September, 1991 Hwa-Kang Art School - Piano Performance - September, 1985
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Paula N.
(877) 231-8505
Glenfield Ct
Houston, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Singing, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
I am a classically trained musician, so I feel that in order for students to be successful in any type of singing or playing style they should have some basic classical training. I enjoy teaching children's music, contemporary Christian music, and pop.
Education
McLennan Community College - Music - Vocal & Piano - August 2004-May 2007 (Associate degree received) Houston Baptist University - Music & Political Science - September 2007 - May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Paul David F.
(877) 231-8505
Elmside Dr
Houston, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Music Performance
Ages Taught
7 to 40
Specialties
I like to teach out of many method books, such as Faber and Alfred's.
Education
Hardin-Simmons Univ. - Music-Business - 1989-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) Texas Tech Univ. - Music Marketing - 1994-1996 (Master's degree received) Univ. of Houston - Music Education - 2002-2003 (Degree received)
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Musical Kids With Ms. Cheryl
(832) 437-4500
3803 Fall Branch Drive
Katy, TX
 
Smith House of Music
Pearland, TX
 
Kal M.
(877) 231-8505
Paisley Street
Houston, TX
Subjects
Cello, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 75
Specialties
Alfred, Bastien, Suzuki, Thompson Classical
Education
Univ of Vermont - Music Theory & Comp - 1982-1986 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Lorena B.
(877) 231-8505
Hot Wells Blvd.
San Antonio, TX
Subjects
Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical, Hymns, Inspirational, Contemporary, Gospel and Christian
Education
Our lady of the Lake University - Music/Vocal Performance - 2007-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Darren E.
(877) 231-8505
Welcome Dr
San Antonio, TX
Subjects
Piano, Drums, Singing, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Percussion, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I play all styles and genre . Guitar and bass-Theory and performance in classical, rock, jazz, country. Drums-Theory and performance in rock, pop,jazz. piano keyboards-theory and composition. Singing-folk,rock, performance, exercises and training.
Education
san antonio college - design and music - 2004-2009 (Associate degree received) university of north texas - applied technologies - 2009-2010 (not complete)
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Blake W.
(877) 231-8505
Libyan St.
Austin, TX
Subjects
Songwriting, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in jazz and improvisation. This spills over into funk, rock and pop as well. I also consider theory, and songwriting/chord changes to be a strong point.
Education
University of Pennsylvania - Music - Fall '05-Spring '09 (Degree received) University of Pennsylvania - Business - Fall '05-Spring '09 (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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