Master Class-Stride Piano Salinas CA

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.

San-San C.
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S De Anza Blvd
San Jose, CA
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Piano, Music Theory
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5 to 99
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Music, piano, music theory, CM test prep, piano accompaniment Classical, Baroque, Romantic, Contemporary, Christian, Disney, Suzuki, Orff, Keith Snell, Piano Adventure, Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Bartok
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San Jose State University - Music Education & Piano Performance - 8/97-5/03 San Jose State University - Elementary Teaching Credential - 5/05-5/06
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
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Cal State Hayward - music - 1980-1981 (Bachelor's degree received)
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E Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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Dance, Music Recording, Piano, Music Theory
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5 to 99
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R&B, Neo Soul, Soul, Blues, Jazz, & Pop music.
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Santa Monica College - Music /Liberal arts - 08/28/04- 06/15/10 Berklee College of Music - Music Composition & Production - 02/14/07- 05/23/07
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Piano, Mandolin, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Guitar, Songwriting, Singing, Bass Guitar
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15 to 60
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Guitar, Bass and Vocals: all the way to advanced Piano: beg I can sing and play virtually all styles of popular music--blues, rock, country, folk, jazz, latin, you name it. As a performing professional, the skill I call upon most is my ear. Once you learn to hear the chord changes and the rythmic subtleties in a piece of music, you can truly play along with anything. And because that skill directly impacts so many aspects of what we collectively call good musicianship, I tend to make ear deve…
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Songwriting, Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Piano, Music Performance
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My concentration in college was Jazz Guitar, but I'm definitely a Rocker at heart. I can teach all genres of music and guitar and every end of the theory spectrum.
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Columbia College - Music: Guitar Performance - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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San Diego, CA
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Classical, jazz, gospel, pop, music theory, voice, songwriting
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Colorado Technical University - Business Administration - 2005-2006 (Master's degree received) UC Berkeley - Business Administration - 2000-2004 (Bachelor's degree received) UC Berkeley - Music - 2000-2004 (Bachelor's degree received) San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts - Music - Piano and Choral - 1993-1999 (High School diploma received)
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Lakewood, CA
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Piano, Singing, Trumpet, Ukulele, Music Theory, French Horn, Percussion, Songwriting, Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Music Performance
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5 to 99
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Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin. For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will more closely follow school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials. I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing. Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
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Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Music Education w/Secondary Applied Vocal Instruction - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Trumpet Performance - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Bob Cole Conservatory of California State Long Beach - Trumpet Performance - Spring 2008- Present (not complete)
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Via Aquario
San Diego, CA
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Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
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Classical music, all periods. Musical theatre, vocal coaching and musical directing. Improvisation on piano, all styles.
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Wheaton College Conservatory of Music - Piano Performance - 1980-1984 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Redlands - Piano Performance - 1984-1986 (Master's degree received)
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I enjoy teaching techniques in improvisation, building chord vocabulary, employing the use of various scales for a greater grasp of the territory and potential of the keyboard, and helping students to understand the relationships between chords and progressions.
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Point Loma Nazarene University - Music Education - Fall 2006 - Spring 2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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piano, bassoon, music theory Children 5 thru 7 - Prep Course of Alfred's piano method (lesson, theory, technic, notespeller) Children 7 thru 8 - Alfred's basic Piano Library Method ( piano, technic, theory and notespeller) Children 8 and up - Keith Snell's Piano Rep., Fundamentals of Piano Theory and Technic.
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University of Southern California - Advanced Studies in Music Performance 1998 - 2002 Wroclaw Music Academy - Masters in Music Performance 1992 - 1997 Wroclaw Secondary Music School - Music Performance 1986 - 1992
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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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