Master Class-Stride Piano Sedona AZ

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.

janice g.
(877) 231-8505
N. Wilbur
Mesa, AZ
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 15
Specialties
I can teach students to read music and play classical or I can teach them to play individual songs by chord progressions, I can also teach songwriting and theory.
Education
University of Phoenix - Organizational Management - 1998-2001 (Master's degree received) Arizona State University - Psychology - 1990 (Bachelor's degree received) City College San Francisco - General/Music minor - 1985-1988 (Associate degree received)
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Ginni A.
(877) 231-8505
N. Lakeshore Dr.
Chandler, AZ
Subjects
Piano, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Singing, Music Theory
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
voice, piano, music theory & composition, Broadway singing, theatrical singing, opera, classical singing Bel Canto form of vocal instruction Genres: -classical/opera -musical theatre/Broadway -pop/rock/country gospel/folk -jazz
Education
Brigham Young University - Art, Psychology, Music, Business - 1979-1981 private masters classes - Music/vocal Performance and Music Education - 1992-1994 private piano lessons - piano - 1989-1993
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Taran A.
(877) 231-8505
e. Mission Lane
Scottsdale, AZ
Subjects
Singing, Harmonica, Acting, Dance, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Piano, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Flute, Ukulele, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I teach every style but especially like pop and jazz. I initiate my students with chord-ing methods for the songs they enjoy right away so they can sound advanced in a easy approach.
Education
University of Calgary - Music - 1972-1976 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Calgary - Education - 1976-1978 (Master's degree received) Toronto Conservatory of Music - Piano Pedagogy - 1965-1980 (Associate degree received)
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Terry Smith
555 West Glendale Ave.
Phoenix, AZ
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$42
Years of Experience
9 Years

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Autumn J.
(877) 231-8505
West Grandview Road
Peoria, AZ
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I think outside of the box and get creative with my teaching methods.
Education
Western Michigan University - Education - 2000-2005 Delta Community College - Liberal Arts - 1997-2000 Caro High School - General ED - 1994-1997
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Carolyn R.
(877) 231-8505
E. Cherokee St.
Phoenix, AZ
Subjects
Opera Voice, Music Theory, Music Performance, Piano, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Opera, classical, musical theater
Education
University of Minnesota, Duluth - Music Performance (Voice) - 01/04-05/06 (Master's degree received) Trinity College, Deerfield, IL - Music Educatioin - 09/79-05/81 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Voice Performance - 09/76-05/79 (not complete)
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Devon B.
(877) 231-8505
W Estrella Dr.
Laveen, AZ
Subjects
Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Music Performance, Singing, Opera Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in both opera and gospel style singing. I believe in teaching each student to express their music in such a way that their audience actually feels what the musician is feeling.
Education
Washington State University - Vocal Performance - 1996-2001 (Bachelor's degree received) Arizona State University - Opera Performance - 2001-2007 (Master's degree received)
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Christian School of Music-Hawaii
(520) 426-1036
Casa Grande, AZ
 
Vince J.
(877) 231-8505
N 44th Drive
Glendale, AZ
Subjects
Viola, Songwriting, Oboe, Opera Voice, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Music Performance, Piano, Cello, Trombone, Violin, Percussion, Organ, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Guitar, Upright Bass, French Horn, Music Theory, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flute
Ages Taught
3 to 60
Specialties
I use methods commonly known where the students can recognize the pieces. I like to teach the students to create their own music. Besides teaching regular methods I like to supplement my teaching with songs that they like to play.
Education
Los Angeles State College - Music - 1/1963-7/1964 (Bachelor's degree received) California State University at Los Angeles - Music - 9/1964-7/1965 (Master's degree received)
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Scott K.
(877) 231-8505
W. Placita Tres Rios
Tucson, AZ
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
Education
Mills College - Electronic Music - 2002 - 2006 (Master's degree received) Mills College - Music Composition - 2002 - 2006 (Master's degree received) University of Arizona - Music Composition - 1998 - 2002 (Bachelor's degree received) New School for the Arts - Music - 1995 - 1997 (High School diploma 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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