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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Smile

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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.
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.
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
Right there, there's,
it's a G diminished chord on
the second chord of the song.
it's got this extra 13th thrown in it.
Just the ending of that song.
That was a ninth on top of the two chord,
two minor 7 chord, with a ninth.
And then, I went to
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.
The melody.
It's a beautiful, rich chord.
And then, I did a little turnaround.
G7, 9, 13th.
Again, the same kind of voicing.
[SOUND] F is the seventh.
The [SOUND] third is there.
[SOUND] And the 13th on top.
Not a flat 9 this time.
But just a regular 9.
And then, C major 7.
[SOUND] F major 7.
[SOUND] And then, the last chord.
I'm just putting my finger,
I have the open E, and
I put my finger all the way across.
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,
It's got the third here.
[SOUND] The root on the bottom.
[SOUND] The sixth.
[SOUND] the ninth.
[SOUND] The sharp 11th.
And the, major 3 on top.
All with just one finger.
you gotta try to use every part of the
guitar, to get what you want out of it.
Hope you enjoyed that.