Chords Lesson

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Intro

Difficulty: intermediate

By: Nate Dean

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Although the below progression is not exactly the same as the one used in the 1958 recording of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters, it's the one that I use when playing the song, and one that you might find interesting to study. The Platters version is in Eb Major, so we'll stay in that key for these examples.

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Four bar number chart

We will split these diagram collections into two bars each, the first time keeping the chords slightly simpler.

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1(maj7)

The second time through the 2 bar sequence we use the same chords, but with more extensions and a bigger sound. The adding of more notes into the chords the second time through gives us dynamics and adds interest. Instead of a 2(min7) we will play a 2(min11) and we will add a 9th on top of the 5(13) chord.

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1(maj7)