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