Ted Greene Arrangement - December 19 -1974
Compilation page, including grid chord diagrams drawn by P. Vachon (based on Ted’s fret numberings)
Ted's Original Lesson sheet
My Compilation Page
This is Ted’s early arrangement of the 1965 composition by Neal Hefti (music) and Bobby Troup (lyrics), written for the Jean Harlow biographical film, Harlow. It has been said to be “the last great male chauvinistic song written in the 60’s”—but don’t let that sway you—it’s a nice little fun piece.
Ted wrote his arrangement in standard notation and included fret positions. Based on those positions I created “Ted Greene-style” chord diagrams with his dot’s, X’s, squares, and ties. This is a “level 1” chord-melody arrangement. It’s fairly easy to play and a quick one to add to your repertoire—but as always Ted throws in a few challenges.
At the top of his page Ted indicated to play the eight-notes as the first and third notes of a triplet: “Play with jazz feel.” If you play it exactly as it’s written it sounds a bit stiff.
Some comments and fingering suggestions: (referring to the compilation pages)
Measures 11-12 and 13-15: You’ll probably want to add some right hand “rolls,” “delays,” arpeggios, or perhaps harp harmonics to the chords in order to fill it out a bit.
Measure 1: You might want to play the first note as an open 6th string E instead (and also on the final E6 in measure 14).
Measure 4: When going from the A(add9) to B9, try this finger for economy of motion:
1,4,2,1 and keep finger 2 planted. Then just add fingers 3 &4 for the B9: 3,4,2.
You may also want to keep the barre with your first finger—no reason to remove it.
Measure 6: Finger the F#7(b9b5) as: 2,2,3,1,4.
Measure 6: Ted added an extra F# melody note on the “and” of beat 4. This isn’t part of the original song and there are no lyrics for this note, so it’s in parentheses and not included it as part of the chord diagram. You choice: play it or not.
Measure 8: Ted added an extra C# melody note on the “and” of beat 4. As in measure 6, this isn’t part of the original song so it’s in parentheses and not included it as part of the chord diagram.