Misty
(by Errol Garner)



Misty is yet another great jazz ballad from the standard repertoire. It was written by pianist
Errol Garner in 1954 as an instrumental (Johnny Burke later added lyrics.) It has a poignant melody, simple chords and a straight-ahead 32-bar form.

Much like
Body and Soul , this song includes  lots of "common" traits (present in most jazz standards).

Working on such obvious harmonic movement (ie. going the the IV major then the IV minor) should improve your jazz playing
in general.

Plus: because of the key it's in, Misty lends itself very well to some of the most typical guitar chords we hear in Jazz. One more good reason to have a little fun with the tune!


Audio Demonstration: Chord Melody



Voila ... the arrangement from the PDF above is performed in this audio demonstration. I decided to play it rubato (without a strict tempo) and take liberties from time to time. Nevertheless this should give you a pretty good idea of what chord structures are used in the PDF. Have fun with it! :-)

Suggested listening:

Errol Garner's original 1954 recording (on the album "Contrasts"),
Joe Pass' version and also a most recent (my favorite) by pianist Oliver Jones in 2008.

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