Master Class-Stride Piano Rochester NY

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.

Lou W.
(877) 231-8505
E. Ridge Rd.
Rochester, NY
Subjects
Music Theory, Oboe, Trombone, Flute, Trumpet, French Horn, Tuba, Bassoon, Percussion, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Music Performance, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Gospel, Classical, Jazz
Education
School of the Arts - Music - 1998-2002 (High School diploma received) SUNY Fredonia - Music Education - 2002-2006 (Bachelor's degree received) Roberts Wesleyan - Master of Music - 2008- (not complete)
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Orangeburg, NY
 
Natalia H.
(877) 231-8505
E.35th Street
New York, NY
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
music, music theory, piano Although I was classically trained, I do not limit my students to Classical music. I encourage all genres of music.
Education
Manhattan School of Music - Piano Performance - 2000-2004 Los Altos High School - - 1996-2000
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Mark F.
(877) 231-8505
Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Jazz,Classical,Rock,R&B.
Education
Manhattan School of Music - music theory /piano minor - 1980-1984 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Silvana C.
(877) 231-8505
W92nd st.
New York, NY
Subjects
Piano, Opera Voice, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 50
Specialties
As a professional musician, I have worked with 7 voice teachers and 7 piano teachers. I have developed my own understanding how to work with students in many different levels through my career. My piano students can develop discipline, respect, patience, and appreciation through our piano lessons. I strongly believe this is what education about. Singing is very physical, and many techniques can be explained by how our bodies react through singing. I emphasis on more practical work. If my voic…
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Manhattan School of Music - Vocal performance(Classical) - 1997 (Master's degree received) University of the Pacific - Vocal performance(Classical) - 1995 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Keith S.
(877) 231-8505
Gentian Way
Fairport, NY
Subjects
Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Music Theory, Trombone, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
Guitar: beg to adv Piano and sax: beg to inter I am a guitarist who specializes in rock and blues. I have classical guitar training at the college level. I have taught band methods for the past 10 years.
Education
SUNY Potsdam - Music Education - 8/95-12/97 (Master's degree received) SUNY Geneseo - Music Theory and History - 8/90-5/94 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Soohyung Susan Yoo
1641 3rd Avenue
New York, NY
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$65
Years of Experience
12 Years

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Matthew M.
(877) 231-8505
Samuels Path
Miller Place, NY
Subjects
Acting, Music Theory, Viola, Guitar, Singing, Piano, Clarinet, Upright Bass, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Violin, Cello, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am well-versed in the Suzuki, Strictly String, Muller-Rusch, and Essential Elements methods. I find it helpful and insightful to include both classical and contemporary/pop music. In addition, I am constantly coming up with unique activities and lessons of my own that I think will benefit the student.
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Susquehanna University - Music Education - 08/2006-05/2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Edith Hirshtal
240 West 104th St.#2A
New York, NY
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Piano
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Intermediate
Rate
$100
Years of Experience
35 Years

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Karen H.
(877) 231-8505
Riverside Dr
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in classical music focusing on all levels. I also teach composition lessons and harpsichord lessons.
Education
University of Utah - piano/composition - 2002-2006 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Utah - piano - 2006-2008 (Master's degree received) Mannes College of Music - piano - 2008-2010 (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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