My compilation pages, changes and comparisons
Ted Greene Arrangement — 1982, April 12th
Ted’s arrangement of this Henry Mancini standard was included in his “Difficult” arrangements folder. We’re challenged here with several long-stretch chords, as well as some complex barres and sustaining notes. I’ve included the music notation, but as always, the exact phrasing and rhythms should be interpreted according to your personal taste. Usually played at a slower pace, this song allows you to really soak some of these lush chords. Try adding some arpeggios, vibrato, and harmonics for some additional beauty and interest.
There is an optional variation for measures 12 through 16 which I’ve placed at the end.
Some Comments: (the measure numbers refer to the compilation pages)
Measure 2: To play the X note (A), use Ted’s “rolling finger” technique: bend your 2nd finger backwards while sustaining the F note.
Measures 4-7: Here we have some nice V-1 chord stretches. Finger the Gm9 as 3,2,1,1 then add the low G note with your 4th finger. After playing the Bbm7 in measure 7, you might like to lower the Ab note (on string 5) down a half-step to get the G note. This will result in an Eb7 chord that you can use as a starting point for your fill.
Measures 9-11: This is a nice contrary-motion move!
Measure 17: Use the rolling-finger technique to catch the D note on the F∆7+.
Measures 23-24: Interesting chord name here: Bbm6∆7.
For the Bbm9 to Eb9 move finger it as: 3,2,4,1 then play the X note (the Db), and then the square note (Bb) with finger 2, using the rolling-finger technique. Hold those notes and then simply slide your 3rd finger down a half-step to get the G bass note.
Measures 24-25: One way to finger the Bbm7/13 to Am7 is: 3,2,2,2,1 to 3,2,2,2,1. You could also try a barre with your 4th finger if that works better for you.
Measure 26: Use the George Van Eps fifth finger technique on the Dm7/11 chord: 3,2,1,1 then add finger 4 for the C note.
Measure 27: For me, this B±7/11 is a killer chord to get clean: 1,1,3,3,4. Even though the notation shows the A on string 4 sustaining as the X note is played, I don’t think this is very realistic. Do your best.
Measures 27-28: Finger the Dm6/9 to E chords as: 2,1,3,3,4 then 1,2,2,4, with a sustain on the top E note. Play the F# bass note with your first finger.
Hope this helps a little. Enjoy!