In this full-length piano masterclass, acclaimed pianist Mitch Forman (John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Wayne Shorter, etc.) demonstrates and discusses his playing style, his music and his improvisation concepts. Mitch breaks down his tunes "Nimbus", "Speedy" and "Puzzle" and he talks about playing "inside" and "outside" the harmony. If you're looking to get into the head of a true master, this jazz piano lesson is for you! NOTE: There is a PDF bundled with the download version of this video (not the $8.99 streaming version) which includes the original charts ("Nimbus", "Speedy" & "Puzzle"), the 8 page Herbie transcription and the finger exercises.
Topics Covered: Piano, Jazz, Harmony, Playing “Out”, Developing a Theme, Piano Tricks, II V’s, Soloing, Alternate Changes, Delaying Resolutions, Touch, Finger Strength, Voicings, Finger Exercises, Laying into the Top Note, Rhythm Changes, Intention, Being Musical, Bag of Tricks, “Puzzle”, “Nimbus”, “Speedy”, Playing Ballads, Transcribing, Herbie Hancock, Midi Piano Rig, Etc.
Mitchel Forman has had a continually surprising career. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music (1978), he recorded three solo acoustic piano albums for the Japanese New Wave and Soul Note labels and worked with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Carla Bley, and Mel Tormé. However, he made his strongest impression on electric keyboards, playing with the re-formed Mahavishnu Orchestra, Wayne Shorter, and recording for Magenta (1985) and Novus (1991). Forman surprised many by performing a very effective Bill Evans tribute for Novus (1992) with an acoustic trio, but then went back to playing modern fusion on Lipstick (1993). He also played on Richard Elliot’s 1997 album Jumpin’ Off before releasing Hand Made in 1998 and Patience with his trio two years later. Mr. Clean appeared in spring 2001. Talented on both acoustic and electric keyboards, Mitchel Forman’s progress should be well worth watching.