Master Class-Stride Piano Warren MI

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.

William Emerson
21817 MacArthur
Warren, MI
Instruments
Audio Recording, Chorus, Composition, Drums, Dulcimer, Ear Training, Early Music, Guitar, Handbells, Harpsichord, Mallet, Marimba, Organ, Other, Percussion, Piano, Recording, Theory, Timpani, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$25
Years of Experience
27 Years

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Anne G.
(877) 231-8505
Tawas
Hazel Park, MI
Subjects
Singing, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
Voice, Beginning Piano I teach a classical method of singing which gives a wonderful foundation for vocal technique. However, it is up to the student how they would like to build on this foundation. After classical, I am most qualified in musical theater, though I also have experience in pop, jazz, rock, country, and R & B. I also am available to teach beginning piano as I have experience accompanying my voice students.
Education
Henry Ford the Second - Diploma - 08/1999-05/2003 Oakland University - Music Education with a Choral Emphasis - 08/2003-08/2008
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Robert Gallagher
25850 Concord Rd
Huntington Woods, MI
Instruments
Cello, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Stand Up Bass, Theory, Viola, Violin
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Janet T.
(877) 231-8505
Whitmore St.
Oak Park, MI
Subjects
Music Theory, Music Performance, Acting, Songwriting, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I have been performing as well as teaching for the past 30 years. I have specialized in jazz and pop for voice, classical and jazz genres for piano. For beginning piano students I have the David-Carr-Glover books but am not adverse to using other methods. Also when a student shows interest I have made them practice CDs in the music minus one fashion. This makes their practice in voice and/or piano more interesting and helps them to keep tempo (especially if they don't have a metronome) and he…
Education
Ohio State University - Fine Arts - 1969-1970 (not complete)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Stephanie Kim
Oakland County Lessons at your Home!
Rochester Hills, MI
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Kids
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$60
Years of Experience
10 Years

Data Provided by:
Anne G.
(877) 231-8505
Morrison Ct
Sterling Heights, MI
Subjects
Singing, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
Voice, Beginning Piano I teach a classical method of singing which gives a wonderful foundation for vocal technique. However, it is up to the student how they would like to build on this foundation. After classical, I am most qualified in musical theater, though I also have experience in pop, jazz, rock, country, and R & B. I also am available to teach beginning piano as I have experience accompanying my voice students.
Education
Henry Ford the Second - Diploma - 08/1999-05/2003 Oakland University - Music Education with a Choral Emphasis - 08/2003-08/2008
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

Data Provided by:
Anne G.
(877) 231-8505
15 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI
Subjects
Singing, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
Voice, Beginning Piano I teach a classical method of singing which gives a wonderful foundation for vocal technique. However, it is up to the student how they would like to build on this foundation. After classical, I am most qualified in musical theater, though I also have experience in pop, jazz, rock, country, and R & B. I also am available to teach beginning piano as I have experience accompanying my voice students.
Education
Henry Ford the Second - Diploma - 08/1999-05/2003 Oakland University - Music Education with a Choral Emphasis - 08/2003-08/2008
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Marilyn Howington
2909 Evergreen Drive
Royal Oak, MI
Instruments
Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Kids
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$25
Years of Experience
12 Years

Data Provided by:
Al McKenzie
PO Box 760573
Lathrup Village, MI
Instruments
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Other, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin
Styles
Jazz
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$0
Years of Experience
20 Years

Data Provided by:
Jodi Jones
1025 S. Hanover
Hastings, MI
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Other
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$37
Years of Experience
6 Years

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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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