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Master Class-Stride Piano Yuma 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.

Jupiter Academy of Music
(928) 782-0680
Uma, AZ
 
Lisa Hansen Piano Studio
Mesa, AZ
 
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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Jupiter Academy of Music
(928) 782-0680
Uma, AZ
 
Nanette G.
(877) 231-8505
W Williams St
Tolleson, AZ
Subjects
Opera Voice, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
voice, opera voice, piano In piano I am partial to the John Thompson method. I also spend a portion of each lesson on scales and music theory. In voice, I specialize in bel canto. The most beautiful sounds come when you are not straining the voice. I work on getting it out of the throat and into the mask.
Education
Bullard high - college prep - sept 87-june 91 Brigham Young University - French and Spanish - Aug 91-April 98 WCC - music theory and performance - Sept 04-May 06
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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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Joshua Brown
4641 N 1st Ave #5
Tucson, AZ
Instruments
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$47.50
Years of Experience
15 Years

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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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Levi G.
(877) 231-8505
East Sunrise,
Tucson, AZ
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Dance, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Styles I specialize in include tasteful guitar soloing, groove development, rhythm and lead on electric and acoustic, improvisation, playing with other musicians, and helping a student find their own sound. Genres that I specialize in include Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, World, and Instrumental.
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Tucson High Magnet School - Music/General Study - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received) Pima Community College - Gen. Ed./Music - 1999-2009 (not complete)
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Vince J.
(877) 231-8505
N 44th Drive
Glendale, AZ
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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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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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