Ted Greene Arrangement - April 4, 1974
Compilation pages by Paul Vachon
Ted's Original Lesson sheets
My Compilation Pages
This is a very early arrangement by Ted of the popular Beatles song, “And I Love Her.” It’s rather simple to play and perhaps a good one for students who are new to chord-melody playing. At this time in Ted’s notation evolution (1974), he had not yet developed his playing order of dot, X, square, triangle, and star. That came about over the years gradually. At the top of his page he offers some indication of what the X and open-dot means, along with his sustain symbol. Yet when you play through the arrangement and look at the diagrams you’ll notice many melody notes that are not notated, or you’ll find more than one X on a single string. I could have corrected this on my compilation page, but decided to just leave them as Ted originally wrote them. If you use the music notation as your guide you’ll be okay. No doubt that if he would have written this song out later in his career he certainly would have changed the way the diagrams are written—not to mention that he would have made a richer arrangement altogether!
This song is normally played in the key of E, but Ted chose to put it in the key of B. (Also see the attached file of Ted’s lead sheet in which he wrote for the key of E, dated 1973, Sept. 3rd.) I added the ii-I vamps at the head and ending of the piece, even though Ted didn’t include it in his version. That recognizable bass line seems like a “must-have hook” to be in the song to “bring it home” for the average listener (from the Baby-Boomer generation!) Leave it out if you don’t care to include it.
On page 1 of the compilation you’ll notice that there are two levels of chord diagrams. The chords on the first level (just above the notation) are for the first verse; the chords on the second level (above the first row) are intended to be played for the second verse as a variation. For the third verse you can play either row or a combination of elements from both.
You should be able to learn and memorize this arrangement and add it to your repertoire very quickly.