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.

Priscilla M.
(877) 231-8505
Via Aquario
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical music, all periods. Musical theatre, vocal coaching and musical directing. Improvisation on piano, all styles.
Education
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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Alexander C.
(877) 231-8505
Shad Ct.
San Mateo, CA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
I teach using the Bastien series and Alfred's Piano Series
Education
San Jose State University - Bachelor of Music: Piano Performance - 2009 - present (not complete)
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Daniel P.
(877) 231-8505
Mast Blvd.
Santee, CA
Subjects
Piano, Drums, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Music Recording, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in concert percussion performance, but I also frequently perform a wide variety of drum set styles such as Jazz, Funk, rock and top 40.
Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Percussion - 9/05 - 5/07 (Master's degree received) San Diego State University - Percussion - 9/02 - 5/05 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Olivia D.
(877) 231-8505
Patina Street
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
traditional classical piano
Education
University of Oregon - Piano Performance - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Oregon - Music Education certification - 1994-1995 (Degree received) The Boston Conservatory - Piano Performance - 1995-1997 (Master's degree received)
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Irina Marlene P.
(877) 231-8505
Crown Avenue
La Canada Flintridge, CA
Subjects
Music Performance, Violin, Singing, Piano, Speaking Voice, Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory
Ages Taught
10 to 45
Specialties
I teach classical/jazz/rock violin - beginners to advanced level. Sight-reading, music theory and harmony. Vocal technique, vocal styles - classical, modern, jazz, rnb, theatre. Stage voice - speech, projection, presentation, Linkarter technique. Acting technique (Stanislavski, Adler), audition technique, scene study.
Education
Stella Adler Acting Academy - Acting - 2008 (Degree received) Musician Institute - vocals - 2008-2009 (Associate degree received) St. Petersburg State University - performance-vocals/violin - 2000-2006 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Denise Revo Music Studio
Long Beach, CA
 
Michael L.
(877) 231-8505
Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA
Subjects
Music Performance, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am very accomplished on Drumset. I play and study all styles Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Big Band, World and all drumset concepts Linear, Compound stickings, Ghost Notes, Rudiments and rudimental application. Rhythm/Timing, Physiology Soloing, Ostinatos, Odd Meters, Odd Note Groupings, 4 way co-ordination,
Education
Musicians Institue - Drumset Percussion/Honors - March 1987-March 88 (Degree received) Southern NH Univ - General - Jan 2005 July 2006 (not complete)
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David G.
(877) 231-8505
Ashton Court
Canoga Park, CA
Subjects
Drums, Piano, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
Eastman school of Music - Theory - (not complete) Berklee College of Music - Composition/Drums - '75-'79 (Bachelor's degree received) Pepperdine Univ. - MBA - '95-2000 (Master's degree received)
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Daniel P.
(877) 231-8505
Family Circle
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Drums, Percussion, Music Recording, Piano, Songwriting, Music Theory, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in concert percussion performance, but I also frequently perform a wide variety of drum set styles such as Jazz, Funk, rock and top 40.
Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Percussion - 9/05 - 5/07 (Master's degree received) San Diego State University - Percussion - 9/02 - 5/05 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Gene P.
(877) 231-8505
Fillmore St.
Santa Paula, CA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical
Education
CSUN - Philosophy - 2001-2004 (Bachelor's degree received) CSUN - Music - 2001 (not complete) CSUN - English - 2009-2010 (not complete) Ventura College - Music - 1999-2001 (not complete)
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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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