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tifoo Sat, 08/31/2013 - 16:35

That sounds soo coool !
do you apply some kind of rule for your left hand (like on the piano you would hit fondamental then chordtones then dominant then chordtones) or do you play inversions of the chord tones (37-73) or any notes of the chord ?
I'm asking just a starting point for practice with this question.

thanks Tony

tonymiceli Tue, 09/03/2013 - 20:01

In reply to by tifoo


if we were to make up a rule it would most likely be 3rds and 7ths of course. but that's the thing. i don't necessarily think like that. I've talked about this in many lessons:

if you fill the harmony out in the line, then you don't need to do anything with the left hand. that means you can do ANYTHING with the left hand in a way. many times i hit seconds (which i love). or just one note.

if you were to work on this, i would try just hitting one note in the left hand to start training your brain to put the information in both hands. does that make sense?

Babu Wed, 09/04/2013 - 05:49

All 6 monthes I had a try with stride playing, with absolutely no result, and suddendly it worked on Summertime ! Far long from perfection, but it's a start ...

c.stallard22 Wed, 09/04/2013 - 23:32

Decided to put myself on the line and post a video of my practicing tonight. Definitely going to keep working on stride!

c.stallard22 Thu, 09/05/2013 - 21:07

In reply to by vibraman

Ah bummer, it works for me. Guess I'll just have to keep practicing and make a better version :)

vibraman Fri, 09/06/2013 - 02:03

In reply to by c.stallard22

i downloaded it and put it in a different player so it worked :)

that was cool, your hands look very relaxed and there´s a nice independence. if you put some accents and dead notes in the left hand and try to get more movement in the left hand it wou,d sound more "alive"

i know it´s easy said but not easy done :)

so feel free to keep practicing :)


c.stallard22 Fri, 09/06/2013 - 23:12

In reply to by vibraman

You are very right...easier said than done but I gave it a shot. Completely forgot about concentrating on adding accents when I was playing, but I remembered the dead notes. Funny that dead notes help sound more alive :)

Any other insights are welcome...I'm going to master this stride stuff even if it takes half a lifetime!

tonymiceli Sun, 09/08/2013 - 01:23

In reply to by c.stallard22

hey you're getting it. see if you can make more of a difference in volume between the melody and the chords. chords should be quieter. and maybe a little more space in between. that's a pedaling thing.

Marie-Noëlle Tue, 10/08/2013 - 02:13

In reply to by c.stallard22

Loved it Carolyn! I hear a of work in there! Go girl! (as would say tony) ;-)

tonymiceli Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:07

In reply to by c.stallard22

i listened quickly.

you kind of got it. I'm impressed. you need to get more of the feeling of the swing and all that. listen to some stride guys. you know some?

but that was great!

when are you coming to philly?

vibraman Thu, 10/10/2013 - 01:30

In reply to by tonymiceli

not that i can do better but tony is right. if you add the 2 and 4 accents like a hihat in the left hand you get away from the static sound of quaters, which kills most of the swing feel, no matter how hard you swing in the right hand. i think to swing on the vibraphon is realy not easy even if you don´t play stride and i try to work on this very hard at the moment.

yes listen to some stride guys... like tony, he swings like hell for me.

but good job...keep going

c.stallard22 Thu, 10/10/2013 - 16:55

In reply to by vibraman

Good advice, thanks guys.

I've been listening to stride players mentioned on this site (Tony, you talk about a couple in past stride lessons), but if you guys have any suggestions of particular versions of tunes to check out, let me know. Can't ever listen enough, right?

Tony: As of now, it looks like I'll be visiting Philly the first weekend in November. I'll keep you posted!