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mp3: That Smile Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: That Smile Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: That Smile Bass Jam Track
wma: That Smile Bass Jam Track

mp3: That Smile Drums Jam Track
wma: That Smile Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 19 secs/6.1mb. 116 beats per minute/bpm

Rock jam track: A I-IV-V, mid-tempo rock tune in the key of Db that uses Root + 5 power chords.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: Db5, Gb5, Db5, Gb5, Ab5, Gb5, Ab5, Gb5.

Suggestions: Play the Db Major Pentatonic scale over the entire progression. Also try playing the Db minor pentatonic scale over the entire progression.

That Smile Chords and Progression

The chords used on That Smile are all power chords. Power chords only consist of the Root note and 5th degrees of the scale that the Root note of the chord comes from.

You only need to learn one very simple chord shape to play all 3 chords to play the rhythm guitar in this I-IV-V ('one-four-five') chord progression.

Each chord shape plays 3 notes, the Root, the 5th and the Octave (Root note, one Octave higher than your starting note).

The Db5 chord has its Root note Db on the 5th (A) string, the 5th note Ab is on the 4th (D) string and the Octave note (Db again) is played on the 3rd (G) string.

When you move to play the Gb5 power chord you use the same chord shape as used for the Db5 power chord except this time the Root note is on the 6th (low E) string, the 5th note of the chord is on the 5th (A) string and the Octave (Root note) is on the 4th string.

This is the same when you move the chord shape up two frets. The difference is that the chord goes from being a Gb5 chord to an Ab5 chord. The chord tones remain the same though: Root, 5th, Octave.

You can use this shape to play all power chords with their Root note on the 6th and 5th strings of the guitar neck. If you want to play a C5 power chord then you can play this shape on the 6th string with the Root note C at the 8th fret or you can play the same chord with the Root note C on the 3rd fret of the 5th string.

Power chords are powerful chords (pun intended) to play because they omit the 3rd degree of the scale in the chord tones used. The 3rd degree of the scale played in a chord determines if the chord is Major or minor. Without the 3rd, the chord could be either which will ultimately depend on the other chords you play in the song you are playing. However if you only play I-IV-V chords, which means that the Root note of each chord comes from the 1st, 4th and 5th degrees of the scale, then you could still be playing in either a Major or a minor key. It would then be left to the melody to determine if the key signature is Major or minor.

One of the many great things about music and music theory is that it's up to you as to how much you want to understand or dissect it. Just knowing the 1 chord shape explained here for power chords gives you enough information to work out or even write albums upon albums worth or songs. Or you can analyze the progressions you are playing and work out the key signature and take things from there.

With music it's up to you what and how you learn. The most important thing is that you listen with your ears and play from your heart. If that's your foundation then you are already on the right track.







That Smile Scale Suggestions

1. Db Major Pentatonic Scale - 8th Position - Two Octaves

The Db Major pentatonic scale is a 5 note scale that can be played over the entire progression. The Major pentatonic scale uses the: Root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th degrees of the Major scale (of the same Root note, in this case, the Db Major scale).


2. Db minor pentatonic scale - 9th Position - Two Octaves

As discussed in the chord section above, you could take the tune to be in a minor key. If you do that then the Db minor pentatonic scale can be played over the entire progression. Like with the Major pentatonic scale, the minor pentatonic scale is a 5 note scale.

The minor pentatonic scale uses the: Root, b3rd, 4th, 5th and b7th degrees of the Major scale.

These are very different scale tones that we saw are used in the Major pentatonic scale shown in pattern 1 above. The two scales sound totally different over the chord progression. They both sound good in their own unique way.

Play around with both scale and listen to the difference each scale brings to the song.


That Smile Bass Tab

The bass guitar tab shows the bass playing the Root note of each chord using a straight 8th note pattern over the entire progression.

This is a really important technique to master when learning to play bass guitar.

8th notes means there are 2 notes per beat of each bar. In a 4/4 bar there are 4 beats in the bar, playing 2 notes per beat gives 8 notes in the bar. Thus the term '8th notes'.

You count 4 beats in the bar as follows: '1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4' and so on.

When doubling the notes so you have 2 notes per beat you count: '1-an, 2-an, 3-an, 4-an'. That's how you count eighth notes.

Playing an eighth note pattern may sound simple enough but you have two very unique techniques you can apply when playing this kind of rhythm. As a bass player it's vital that you can play using both techniques.

The first technique is to play the notes and let them ring out till you strike the string playing the note that follows.

The second technique requires more control. Instead of letting the note ring out till you play the note that follows, you stop the note short (very briefly) by muting it with the finger you are about to play the next note with. So instead of the notes sounding something like: 'da-da-da-da' where the notes run into each other, it's more of a 'dut-dut-dut-dut' sound where the notes have a slight pause before the following note is played.

The difference in sound the two techniques give is huge.

With this bass line you can hear that the 8th notes are being played using the 2nd technique described above where the notes are muted. This is a great way to give a tune solid rhythm with a bit of punch to it.

When you practice and come up with your own bass lines, you should play around with both techniques and see what you can discover.




That Smile Drum Chart

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Web page with drum instruction: That Smile Drum Chart

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