Master Class-Stride Piano Stockton 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.

Keyboards & Kindermusik Conservatory, Inc.
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Stockton, CA
 
Kecia T.
(877) 231-8505
Glacier Creek Way
Elk Grove, CA
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Piano
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5 to 99
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I like to incorporate discovery learning and step-by-step teaching methodology in my lessons, where the student has a more successful rate of concept retention. My focus is mostly on building a strong musical foundation where my students will learn to read and play written music proficiently.
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Marguerite Pkwy
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Music Theory, Guitar, Songwriting, Music Recording, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano
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5 to 75
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I draw upon over 100 music theory, songbooks, and musical techniques that I use. I'm currently working on writing my own music theory/method book for the guitar.
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USC - MAT Education - May 2010-July 2010 (not complete) CSU Fullerton - Classical Guitar - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received) Saddleback College - Music - 2003-2006 (Associate degree received)
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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…
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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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1 to 99
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Guitar and Bass: beg to adv Drums: beg to adv Vocals: beg to adv Piano: beg to interm Trumpet: beg Song writing, band arrangements, and orchestral compositions.
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Cal State Northridge (CSUN) - Music Composition - 2007-2008 (not complete) Pierce College - Music Composition - 2008-Present (not complete)
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Andrew Street
Tracy, CA
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Long Beach, CA
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I am primarily a classical pianist.
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University of California, Berkeley - Music - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received) California State University, Long Beach - Piano Performance - 2010-2012 (not complete)
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San Diego, CA
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5 to 99
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I know the Alexander Technique, The Body Mapping Method, and can teach Proper Musical Theatre Belting. I can also teach proper technique for Classical singing which applies in the Classical, Musical Theatre and Pop worlds. I have a great stage presence and am able to teach my students proper song interpretation and acting skills. For piano, I work on building a strong techinique and linking exercises and warm ups to musical line and musicality.
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SDSU - Music Performance - 2007-2010
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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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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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