Play Misty on piano.
using tritone substitutes

4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

I personally recommend "The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course and through my relationship with Jermaine (the author of this course), I've been able to get him to throw in a few bonus items (3 additional piano software programs). He has taught literally thousands of musicians how to play the piano by ear. If you understood just half of what he discussed above, you'll definitely benefit from his 300-pg course. Click here to learn the secrets to playing absolutely any song on the piano in virtually minutes! I highly recommend it.

In this lesson you can learn to play Misty on piano using tritone substitutes and piano jazz chords.

Learning Jazz Standards such as Misty, a jazz standard written in 1954 by the pianist Erroll Garner, will help you with Jazz Chord Progressions and Jazz Theory in general

Custom Search

Misty Trivia.

Composed by jazz piano/ composer Erroll Garner this previously little known song was picked up and made hugely popular by Johnny Mathis in 1958 and in my opinion, heard from the back seat of thousands of '57 Chevys, may have greatly increased the "Baby boom."

Erroll Garner's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1991, and Johnny Mathis's version of the song was inducted in 2002.

The Mathis recording of "Misty" sold well over two million copies in the USA alone. The song is most associated with Mathis despite various recordings by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan.

The 1975 country version by Ray Stevens won a Grammy in the category of Music Arrangement of the Year.

Clint Eastwood who was a big fan of Johnny Mathis used the song in his movie Play Misty for Me and that movie was a big box office success.

Why Learn to play Misty on piano?

This song was requested as are many of these lessons by visitors who take the time to contact me to ask for help and offer suggestions.

The song is in the Key of Eb which I find to be a great key for fingering and common to many Jazz Standards.

Its filled with lots of opportunity to use your knowledge and skills from the on site lessons covering jazz chord progressions, chord extensions, and tritone substitutions.

Using some tritone substitutions.

The rules behind “tritone substitution” say that you can replace any dominant7 chord with the dominant chord that is 3 whole steps away (or a “tritone” away).

"Misty" is filled with lots of opportunities to use these alternate 7th chords to add variety and color to the harmony.

In the video below I will show you how I might use these techniques with the hope that you may be able to add them into your playing and develop you own style and personality at the piano.

The Best Home Study Course for Learning Jazz and Blues Piano

Have you always wanted to learn to play jazz & blues on the piano but never had the time or money?

Or couldn't find the right person or course to teach you the "real" stuff?

If so, I've definitely found someone who can help you.

I'm talking about James Wrubel, an amazing musician and expert instructor. He's been there and back as a professional jazz musician and has played with some of the top names in the industry.

In two dvds and over 2 hours of step-by-step instruction, he takes you by the hand and shows you how to master tons of jazz & blues tricks and techniques as well as signature soloing secrets that'll have you sounding like you've been playing for years.

Here's some highlights.

Discover: * How to quickly and easily form tons of chord patterns and runs that'll have you sounding pro almost overnight.

* How to accelerate your jazz learning curve by combining 3 secret elements pros don't want you to know!

* How to pack every chord and voicing with just the right amount of flavor to get the job done.

* 7 secrets to playing signature solos without hesitation or even thinking about anything.

* And much more.

Check out the ink below for more information on this great program

Hear and play Jazz 101

Contact me

If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas for future lessons feel free to Contact Me.

from Play Misty on Piano to free Piano Lessons for Life HOME

Custom Search

I need your help!

If you enjoyed this article please click the Facebook Like button and help me continue to provide these free lessons.

Thank You!!

Sign up for Free Lesson Alerts from Personal Piano Professor!

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Free Piano Lessons.