Master Class-Stride Piano Santa Rosa 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.

Robert H.
(877) 231-8505
Mission Blvd
Santa Rosa, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
7 to 74
Education
Cal State Hayward - music - 1980-1981 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Sean M.
(877) 231-8505
Donahue St.
Santa Rosa, CA
Subjects
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Visualization, transcribing music
Education
Colfax High School - High School Diploma - 08/1994-06/1999 (High School diploma received) SIerra College - General Education - 09/1999-06/2001 (not complete) CSU Chico - Music/Recording Arts - 08/2001-06/2004 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Patricia M.
(877) 231-8505
W. CAPITOL DR
San Pedro, CA
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Singing, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
8 to 50
Specialties
I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
Education
Peabody Conservatory ** - Opera/classical music - 1959-62 (Bachelor's degree received) Platt College - Computer Graphics - 1995-96 (Degree received) Hood College for Women - Music & Art - 1958-1962 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Erin C.
(877) 231-8505
Carmel Creek Rd. Building D,
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Violin, Viola, Piano
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
Music, Violin, Viola, Piano Primarily Suzuki method. I am very creative in my teaching methods though. I believe in making learning fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
Education
Dogwood Academy - - 1996-2000 (degree received) UNC Charlotte - Music - '00-'02 & '05-08 (degree received)
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Austin Y.
(877) 231-8505
Primrose Way
Cupertino, CA
Subjects
Guitar, Music Theory, Drums, Piano, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Specialize in fervent, lively music playing. Styles: all-around. Genres: Christian, contemporary, mellow/peaceful, and rock.
Education
San Jose State University - Kinesiology - 2010 (not complete)
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Erin's Piano Studio
(707) 836-0600
Santa Rosa, CA
 
Alex S.
(877) 231-8505
Valencia Rd.
Orinda, CA
Subjects
Piano, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I primarily specialize in rock and classical music. In teaching rock music, I focus at first on playing by ear using basic chords and scales. As the student progresses, I focus more on expanding their knowledge of the fretboard using chord in versions. I personally play a lot of finger style guitar, so that can be a big part of my lessons with students who are interested. When teaching students to read, I will use the Berklee Guitar Method series. For classical guitar students, I use the Roya…
Education
UC Santa Cruz - Music, guitar focus - 02-06 (Bachelor's degree received) Mannes College of Music - Music composition - 06-08 (Master's degree received)
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Inna G.
(877) 231-8505
Cedar Dr
Citrus Heights, CA
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
Moldova Music School - Music - 1993-2000 (High School diploma received) Sierra College - Music - 2004-2008 (Associate degree received) Academy of Spiritual Music of Moskow - Conducting - 2007-2009 (Associate's degree received)) Sierra College - Music teacher /Transfer to SacState - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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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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Adjoa S.
(877) 231-8505
Garfield Ave
South Pasadena, CA
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Flute, Singing, Acting, Piano, Music Performance, Dance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
6 to 87
Specialties
Over 20 years of experience in the studio as a session vocalist. I specialize in vocal freedom, incorporating the feldenkrais and alexander techniques with exercises also taken from the Jeanie Deva Contemporary Vocalist Series. On piano and guitar I very much focus on the styles that make the students come alive. I stress the importance of reading and ear training, but don't force it to the point of the students dislike for music training. I'd rather they enjoy and experiment with sound than …
Education
YWAM - School Of Ministry Development - Missions, Christian ministry - 2001 (Degree received) YWAM - School of Music & Worship - Music, Missions - 2003 (Degree received) Belhaven College - Theatre, Voice - 2005-2006 (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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