How To Play Misty – Jazz Piano Reharmonization

Make Your Jazz Standards More Interesting

Have you ever noticed that great jazz piano players seem to play so many more chords than are written in your everyday run of the mill fakebook? Why is this?

For starters, most of the time the chord changes written in a fakebook are either very bland, boring, or worse yet… completely wrong!

How can we learn to get those beautiful and lush harmonies that people like Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, and many others use? (video lesson below)

So, to get you guys started I decided to do a quick jazz piano reharmonization lesson using the classic jazz standard Misty. In this video I show you how I take the basic chords written in the song and really spice them up by adding reharmonizations, substitutions, and inner voice movement.

Here’s the written out Misty chord chart if you would like to look at it on paper.

Make sure you take some of the chords and reharmonizations I play in this jazz piano lesson and apply them all over your next arrangement.

Steve Nixon