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Ted’s Arrangement, with compilation pages by Paul Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheets

My compilation pages, changes and comparisons

Here's a compilation of Ted's solo guitar arrangement of "Chim Chim Cher-ee", from the old movie classic "Mary Poppins", written by Richard & Robert Sherman, originally sung by Dick Van Dyke. Check out YouTube to hear and watch the original version from the film.

Ted's arrangement is in Bb minor.  One thing about this song that is so memorable is the descending line, starting on the first minor chord root, moving down in half-steps for each of the chords that follow. The original sheet music had the 4 bar intro. which I've added, even though Ted's arrangment didn't include one.

Ted wrote direction on some of his chords to "play 2 or 3 times" - meaning the top melody note.  If you follow the music notation it will be clear, but there are some instances when Ted wanted the notes played more than once even though the melody doesn't move.
Ted also offers a few optional melodic variations. I've repeated the chords from page 1 to page 2, which seemed necessary in order to stay true to the form of the song.

In a few places I've added the chord names above the chord diagrams (in red) where the chord is different from the basic chord given in the lead sheet.  Some of the wide-spread voicings may be interpreted a couple of ways...perhaps you will find a better name than what I wrote.  Hey, what about that F11 (with 3rd) on page 3...anyone else have a better name for that one?

This is a fun little song that almost everyone knows the melody and at least some of the words.

-- Paul

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