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Misty

Here are the fingerings that I use to play a chord-melody arrangement of Johnny Burke and Erroll Garner's 1954 standard Misty. I play it in the key of C not the original key of Eb. The song is a medium ballad played in 4/4 time.

K. J. McElrath, Musicologist for JazzStandards.com explains it this way: "Called the ultimate love song, Garner wrote Misty in the 32-bar A1-A2-B-A2 form with no verse... The chord progression of section A is actually quite similar to that of Cherokee (I – v7 – I7 – IV – iv – I– vi – ii7 – V7) until measure 6 (while the ii7 – V7 in measure six would work in the latter tune, its ii – iii7(b5) turnaround would clash badly with the melodic pitches of the present tune). The first ending uses a lovely delaying, circle-of-fifths cadence starting on III7 (G7(b5) in the original key) before returning to the tonic for the second A.

Section “B” begins with a fairly orthodox harmonic progression– v – I7 – iv, in which the I7 functions as a V7of the new subdominant key (in the original key, Eb modulating to Ab). But then the IV chord (Ab) is followed by a minor 7th chord a half step higher. Aural experience tells our ears to expect this Am7, which is followed by a D7, to be a ii7 – V7 sequence to G major or G minor. Instead, Garner surprises us once again by a deceptive resolution to Cm, the vi of the original tonic of Eb. From there, it’s an easy modulation back to the tonic (but what a fascinating detour!)."

A

      CM7Em7F#m7Gm9C7b9E7#5Gb7b5FM7       Fm11    Bb13
E-3-0-||------|--5-5-5-5-3-0--|--------0|-3-3-3-1-3-1|
B-0-0-||-0----|----3---2-2-1-1|-------1-|-1-------1--|
G-2-1-||-0-0-2|-3--3---3-3-1-3|-2----2--|-1-------1--|
D-3-3-||-2-0-2|-3--3---2-2-0-2|-2-2-3---|-1-------0--|
A-----||-3-2--|---------------|---------|-1----------|
E-----||---0-2|-3------------2|-1-------|-1----------|
        1.     2.              3.        4. 

  CM7Dm7 Am9       Dm7   G7b9   Bb7b5 A7b9 Dm9G13D7#9
E--0-1-3-----0--|--1------------|--0--0--|-----3----||
B--0-1---1-3----|--1-----0-1-3--|--3--2--|--5--5-5--||
G--0-2---4------|--2-2-2-1------|--1--3--|--5--4-4--||
D--2-0---2------|--0-----3------|--3--2--|--3--3-3--||
A--3-----0------|---------------|--1--0--|--5--5-4--||
E---------------|--------3------|--------|-----3----||
 5.              6.              7.       8.
 
A

CM7Em7F#m7 Gm9   C13 Eo F#7 C+ FM7        Fm9    Bb13
E--------|--5-5-5-5--3-------|--------0-|-3-3-3-1-3-1|
B-0------|----3---3--2--5--1-|-------1--|-1-1-1-1-1-1|
G-0--0-2-|-3--3---3--3--3--1-|-2----2---|-1-1-1-1-1-1|
D-2------|-3--3---2--2-----2-|-2-2-3----|-3-2-1-0-3-3|
A-3------|--------3-----4--3-|----------|---------1-1|
E--------|-3------------2----|-1--------|------------|
 9.       10.                 11.        12. 

   CM7   Am7      Dm7   G7       C6  Bb9   C6
E--0-1-3-----0-|--1------------|---------|------3-5-||
B--0-----1-3---|--1---------3--|-1---1---|-1-3-5----||
G--0-----0-----|--2-2-2-4-5-4--|-2---1---|-2--------||
D--2-----2-----|--0-----3---3--|-2---0---|-2--------||
A--3-----0-----|--------5---5--|-3-2-1-2-|-3--------||
E--------------|--------3---3--|---------|----------||
 13.            14.             15.       16.

B

   Gm7   C7b9 Gm7   C7b9    FM7         Bb7Am7Dm11G13 
E--6-6-6-6--|-6-6-8-9-8-6-|-5-5-5-5-|-------0--3--5--|
B--6-----5--|-6-----8-----|-5-----5-|-1--3--1--1--5--|
G--7-----6--|-7-----9-----|-5-----5-|-2--1--0--2--4--|
D--5-----5--|-5-----8-----|-7-----7-|-2--3--2--0--3--|
A-----------|-------------|-8-----8-|----1--0--------|
E-----------|-------------|---------|-1-----------3--|
 17.         18.           19.       20.

   F#m7          B13   D9       Em7 A7b9 Dm11 G7 G13
E--7-7-7-5-7--|--7-7---10-7-5-|--3---3--|--3--3-----||
B--5-------5--|--9--10--7-----|--3---2--|--1--3--5--||
G--6-------6--|--8------9-----|--0---3--|--2--4--4--||
D--4-------4--|--7-----10-----|--0---2--|--0--3--3--||
A-------------|---------------|--2---0--|-----5-----||
E-------------|---------------|--0------|-----3--3--||
 21.           22.             23.       24. 

A

  CM7      Gm9     C13       FM7        Fm9     Bb13
E--------|---5-5-5-5-3-0---|--------0-|-3-3-3-1-3-1--|
B-0------|-----3---3-----1-|-------1--|-1-------1----|
G-0--0-2-|-3---3---3-------|-2----2---|-1-------1----|
D-2------|-3---3---2-------|-2-2-3----|-1-------3----|
A-3------|---------3-------|----------|-3-------1----|
E--------|-3---------------|-1-1------|-1------------|
 25.      26.                 27.        28. 

  CM7Dm7 Am9       Dm7   G7b9     C6 (Am7   Dm7 G7)    
E--0-1-3-----0--|--1------------|---------|---------||
B--0-1---1-3----|--1-----0-1-3--|--1------|---------||
G--0-2---4------|--2-2-2-1------|--2------|---------||
D--2-0---2------|--0-----3------|--2------|---------||
A--3-----0------|--------2------|--3------|---------||
E---------------|---------------|---------|---------||
 29.             30.             31.       32.

Tag Ending

  AbM7 BbM9     DbM7          CM9 
E-----------|------3--0---|----------------|---0----||
B-------1---|---1---------|------------3---|---3----||
G---5---2---|---1---------|---------4------|---4----||
D---5---3---|---3---------|------2---------|---2----||
A-------1---|---4---------|---3------------|---3----||
E---4-------|-------------|----------------|--------||
 31.         32.           33.              34.

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