Stride Left Hand

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Lesson Description

Stride piano is a captivating solo piano style anchored by the left-hand pattern of low bass notes that alternate with mid-range chords. Using a transcription of Harry Connick's left hand on the tune "On the Sunny Side of the Street" from his 1987 self-titled debut recording, the stride left hand pattern is broken down into its component parts in part one of this lesson. Part two fleshes out the basic pattern with walking tenths, chromatic approach notes and rootless and spread voicings. Master this solo piano style with the accompanying PDF Practice Sessions which will start you out with writing a stride left hand pattern and then guide you through improvising your own left hand stride pattern to the changes to three tunes commonly played in the stride style, "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Summertime" and "Stormy Weather." 


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Course Curriculum

Chapter 1
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7 - Introduction, Part 2
Chapter 8 - What are Walking Tenths?
Chapter 9 - Walking Tenth Progressions
Chapter 10 - Chromatic Approaches in Stride Left Hand
Chapter 11 - Rootless Voicings in Stride Left Hand
Chapter 12 - Stride Left Hand Applied to "Don't Blame Me"
Chapter 13 - Part 2, Summary
Practice Sessions & Playalongs

What's included?

13 Videos
1 Survey
2 Texts
1 Download
Bill Rinehart
Bill Rinehart

About the instructor

Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on