Sara Smile by Hall & Oates | rhythm and intro solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play “Sara Smile" on guitar by Hall & Oates from the self-titled album “Daryl Hall & John Oates released in 1975.
I had a request to do this song. It’s always been maybe my favorite Hall & Oates tune.
I think it is a really great example of their “Philadelphia soul” sound.
It’s essentially a pop standard that I think will be played for many decades.
A lot of great musicians were involved in this record including Lee Sklar who played bass.
There isn’t much guitar on the record other than the slash chords and the iconic intro solo, so I just faked the keyboard parts in the left and right channels.
The chord changes are awesome in this one, and there are two or three very cool chords that give the song its special magic.
If you don’t get them right, it just won’t sound good!
I go over all the chords and also the classic intro solo in this lesson.
I always loved a lot of Hall and Oates songs. They were all over the radio back in the eighties and were a big part of the soundtrack of my life growing up.
Check out this video of "Sara Smile" with Smokey Robinson live at Daryl's house. It's great. I really like the Live At Daryl's House performances.
So much great music and excellent musicians. I like that it's live and although it may not be as polished, it's absolutely authentic and the feel and soul really shines through.
I had a really great time working on this song. I hope you enjoy the videos. Cheers
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