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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Juan U.
(877) 231-8505
95th street
Ozone Park, NY
Subjects
Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Music Performance, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I have been a Latin all-around drummer,and percussionist for the last thirty years. In my private teaching experience I use one to one method. However, nowadays after my recent student teaching experience at Dewitt Clinton High School, I am willing to teach in a classroom as well.
Education
Brooklyn college - music - 1995-05 (High School diploma received)
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Doran D.
(877) 231-8505
Provost St
Brooklyn, NY
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
3 to 99
Specialties
Piano Pedagogy: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Modern, etc, Music Theory Music History: All Levels (High School - Masters degree) Basic Musicianship: Ear-Training, Rhythmic Training, Harmonic, Melodic Theory Composition: Classical, Contemporary, Jazz composition, arrangement, notation
Education
New York University - Music Composition, Music Theory - Sept. 2007 - May 2009 (Master's degree received) Columbia Univeristy - Music Composition, Music Theory - Sept. 2006 - May 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Kenyon College - Music Theory, Piano Performance, English - Sept. 1999- May 2003 (Bachelor's degree received) Harvard-Westlake School - - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received)
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Janet P.
(877) 231-8505
Hommocks Rd
Larchmont, NY
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I use many different methods depending on the student's individual needs. However, I do tend to favor the Alfred's piano method because over the years it has been very popular with students,
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Anne M.
(877) 231-8505
29th Street
Astoria, NY
Subjects
Singing, Songwriting, Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
Beginner, Intermediate Voice, Piano, Songwriting, Musicianship Emphasis on jazz techniques, rhythm, theory. Audition prep. Quality popular, standards, American Songbook and Broadway repertoire carefully chosen for each student.
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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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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…
Education
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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Alex P.
(877) 231-8505
118th street
Kew Gardens, NY
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in classical piano and jazz piano. In classical, I teach based on my experience as a classical pianist who has been performing and participating in international competitions and festivals since age 6 and based on various teaching methods and styles I observed in my years of study and taking master-classes with a wide variety of leading teachers in the field of classical performance. In jazz, I used some of the methods I learned from Peter Petruhin, a pioneer of early jazz educat…
Education
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music - Jazz piano - 09/2005-12/2008 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Maryland School of Music - Major in Composition, minor in Piano Performance - 09/2001 - 05/2003
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Tom H.
(877) 231-8505
West 142 Street
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Saxophone, Piano, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Music Theory, Guitar, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I have developed my own method for teaching guitar to large groups. I am a Jazz specialist and can teach improvisation and advanced harmony.
Education
CUNNY City College - Music - 1997-1999 (not complete) SUNNY Empire State - Music - 1999-2000 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Patrice Jackson
40 West 135th Street Apt. #14G
New York, NY
Instruments
Cello, Piano, Violin
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$80
Years of Experience
6 Years

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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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