Jump to content
Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

Having trouble figuring out chords in a section of Santana's Smooth


Recommended Posts

I downloaded a few tabs, but they just don't sound right.

So I turn to you, my sisters & brothers.


The part that's nibbling me is right before the build up, where Thomas sings " to better suit your mood, cuz you're so smooth"


I can hear an F# as the root, which eventually turns back to the E, but what chords are bouncing around in there?


Thanks much.

What we record in life, echoes in eternity.


MOXF8, Electro 6D, XK1c, Motif XSr, PEKPER, Voyager, Univox MiniKorg.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 6
  • Created
  • Last Reply

It is technically an F#7sus, Bsus, E7#9 progression, but the sheet music one of my bands uses says it's first a Bsus/F#, then Bsus, then E7#9. You can see how that fits the bass line above.


Also, I just now sat down with the tune and the piano player is playing B, E, and F# in his right hand over the F# and B in the bass. That's the exact voicing. I don't know if he's thinking of it like Bsus or F#7sus, but the effect is the same. It is ambigous partly because of the bass line but also because the guitar is soloing over Am pentatonic regardless of the chord changes and that muds it up a bit.


I hope that helps.



Roses are red

Violets are blue

All my base

Are belong to you

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here's the way I transcribed it:


Starting from the turnaround- lyrics "better suit"


E7#9 | Dm - F/C | Bm7flat5 - G7 | F#7sus | E7 or E7#9 |

Play only what you hear within...if you hear nothing, play nothing at all

My Gear: Motif; Ensoniq MR-76; Suitcase Rhodes; Earthquake MKII Pedal; DiscomBOBulator; PodXT

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...