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
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.
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.
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