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Smile, the Chaplin song in a modern way...

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Charlie Chaplin wrote the beautiful tune Smile, which we all know thanks to the great Nat King Cole.

The tune became a standard of jazz. And rightfully so.

Modern jazz trios still play Swing. The swing feel is just different. It's more of a 16th- note swing than an eight note swing and it sounds straight at times. Though... really, the style I made is still a swing style.

Modern musicians prefer the second bar to be a diminished chord (I chord diminished) which is wonderful, but hard to improvise on. I'm trying to get my diminished harmony on track and -rather than ignoring the dim chord or "noodling" over it- I really try to make sense of it.

Of course, you can get the Band in a Box file here. Just press the link, download it and enjoy it. Oh, yes, BIAB will try to find the style, which you can find in the Standards Pack 1. However, if you don't have that style, please use another one, you can substitute it. Won't be as nice, but it will do.


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