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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Smile

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[MUSIC]
I'm gonna do one of my
favorite songs, of all time.
It's a song that I got a chance to record,
with a dear friend of mine,
Will Lee, the great bassist, from the
David Letterman Show, on his own Album.
It's by, also one of my favorite
film [LAUGH] artists of all time,
Charlie Chaplin.
He was a composer.
And, it's Smile.
It's a, it's a song that,
who doesn't like that song?
It's a beautiful song.
And, I'm gonna be doing
it in the key of E.
[MUSIC]
I don't even know,
what the original key of it was.
But that's,
the key that I did it with Will in.
And, it's a good guitar key.
And so, since, it's gonna be in E, [SOUND]
I'm gonna be using some open strings.
In this case,
which is a good chance to check that out.
The other thing I wanna talk about,
listening for in this one, is that,
I'll be throwing some chords in,
that have different tensions.
[MUSIC]
Flat 9, 13th, ninth, 11th.
And those kind of, voicings.
There's a lot of libraries for
chord voicings.
We'll try to, boost up ours.
But I think you could find a lot of these,
in chord libraries online, or
in books that you might have.
But it's very important
to use those tensions.
And a lot fo the tensions are actually,
[SOUND] occur in the melody,
of, of the song.
So, you know, try to find them.
Let's see if
[MUSIC]
Right there, there's,
it's a G diminished chord on
the second chord of the song.
[MUSIC]
And,
it's got this extra 13th thrown in it.
[MUSIC]
Just the ending of that song.
[MUSIC]
That was a ninth on top of the two chord,
two minor 7 chord, with a ninth.
And then, I went to
[MUSIC]
that is a A flat 9, 13th chord.
Let me tell you where the notes are.
[SOUND] It's a B7 chord.
[SOUND] The seventh is there.
[SOUND] The flat 9 is right there.
[SOUND] The third is here, and the,
and the 13th is all the way up on top.
[MUSIC]
The melody.
It's a beautiful, rich chord.
[MUSIC]
And then, I did a little turnaround.
[MUSIC]
G7, 9, 13th.
Again, the same kind of voicing.
[SOUND] G.
[SOUND] F is the seventh.
[SOUND] A.
The [SOUND] third is there.
[SOUND] And the 13th on top.
Not a flat 9 this time.
[MUSIC]
But just a regular 9.
[MUSIC]
And then, C major 7.
[SOUND] F major 7.
[SOUND] And then, the last chord.
[MUSIC]
I'm just putting my finger,
I have the open E, and
I put my finger all the way across.
[MUSIC]
Well, what that gives me on E,
I'm using the open string, which helps,
is a major 7, 6, 9 sharp 11th.
That's a lot of tensions on one chord, so,
[MUSIC]
It's got the third here.
[SOUND] The root on the bottom.
[SOUND] The sixth.
[SOUND] the ninth.
[SOUND] The sharp 11th.
[MUSIC]
And the, major 3 on top.
All with just one finger.
[MUSIC]
So,
you gotta try to use every part of the
guitar, to get what you want out of it.
[MUSIC]
Hope you enjoyed that.
[MUSIC]