“Smile” – Chord Melody & Kenny Burrell Solo

by | Chord Melody, Kenny Burrell

Kenny Burrell meets Charlie Chaplin? Not exactly… Nonetheless, he recorded an incredible rendition of “Smile”, Chaplin’s beautiful composition for his 1938 film, “Modern Times”. And in this week’s lesson I’m happy to teach you not only Kenny’s solo from it, but also share my personal chord melody arrangement of the piece.

There’s a lot of great improvisational concepts and melodic vocabulary you can extract from this solo! And to facilitate this, during the lesson I perform a measure by measure, note by note analysis of the entire solo.


The “Smile” lesson files, can be downloaded for $10.00. The download includes the following files:  PDFs with both regular notation and detailed TAB for the chord melody and Kenny Burrell solo, MP3s and Band in a Box files of both, as well as a Midi files so you can practice using the free downloadable notation app: “Muse Score”.

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