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.

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David E.
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Singing, Piano, Opera Voice, Music Theory
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Grounded in vocal technique for healthy singing in any genre, I specialize in classical voice and have a special interest in art song and the sacred repertoire, especially that from before 1750. Having graduated with a degree in composition, I am versed in classical music theory and also have an interest in minimalism and avant-garde techniques. I teach voice and theory through the advanced level, and beginning and intermediate piano.
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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.
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Acoustic and Electric Guitar: beg to adv Bass Guitar: beg to adv Piano: beg to inter Electronic Keyboards: synthesizers, software, recording, sequencing I am adept in the following music styles & genres: classic rock, modern rock, metal, pop radio hits from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, & current top40, blues, r&b. Also have jazz background in these genres: swing, bebop, smooth jazz, fusion, Brazilian, Latin. I like to use different teaching formats: notation, tab, transcribing, ear training, theory, vid…
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Specialize in fervent, lively music playing. Styles: all-around. Genres: Christian, contemporary, mellow/peaceful, and rock.
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Primarily classical music. I also teach composition, church music and contemporary concert/modern music.
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University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music - Composition - 9/2005 to 6/2007 (Master's degree received) Santa Clara University - Piano Performance/Music - 9/2001 to 6/2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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I specialize in teaching beginners in pop styles. I use a combination of methods and techniques including Mark Harrison,
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Vocals: beg to adv Piano: beg to inter Vocal genres are pop, R&B, gospel, classical (opera), musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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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,
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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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