Transitioning To The Bridge
In this lesson we will explore the B Section of “Misty”. Misty follows an AABA form and so we have 2 almost identical 8-bar A Sections, then an 8 bar B section with different harmony, and a final A section to finish.
Transition Fills & Options
We start by exploring harmonic techniques to help us transition from the 2nd A section into the Bridge. Looking at the lead sheet we have 2 full bars of Eb6 and we have a variety of ways that we can fill this space and transition smoothly into the B Section.
My favourite way to add some tension is to play the iv minor chord. This creates a mysterious, dark, and unexpected sound which then resolves back to Eb Major before moving into the bridge.
We also explore a V7 chord fill using a sus flavour and extend this further using a 1-6-2-5 progression with a descending inner voice. A final option is to play Eb6 to Ab- to Db7 and back to Eb6. We can also approach the Eb6 with Db6 to D6 which creates an extended version of the vi minor fill.
Voicings For The B Section
We explore voicing options for the B Section starting with simple 3-note voicings to help us to analyse the harmony and voice leading. We then introduce some more interesting voicings and a left hand stride style and similar to how we approached the A Section of the tune in the previous lessons.
B Section Voicings Options File Type: pdf
Study and memorise the different options for voicing the minor line cliché and we will revisit these in the module on improvisation.
Follow the guidance presented in the lesson on stride left hand and apply this to the bridge. Practice hands separately and put everything together once comfortable.
Spend some time on the 2nd line of the bridge which contains a new 25 progression (A-7 to D7). Learn the 3-note voicings to visualise the voice leading and then the extended voicing options.
Notice that the 3625 progression is also present at the end of the bridge to transition back to the final A section. Everything that we have covered so far in this course can be applied here.