Ted Greene Arrangement – April 4, 1974
Compilation pages by Paul Vachon
Ted's Original Lesson sheet
My compilation pages, changes and comparisons
This is a very early chord-melody arrangement, designed for Level 1 solo guitar. When Ted taught this song he would have undoubtedly discussed and demonstrated the famous Johnny Smith version wherein he played close-voiced chords for the opening line. Smith played this song in the key of C, but Ted’s arrangement is in Eb. Below are the Smith chords, transposed to Eb (up 3 frets from where Johnny played them, which makes the stretches a bit easier to manage). Use them as an optional variation in Ted’s arrangement.
At this time Ted had not fully developed his playing order format for his grid diagrams; you can see at the top of the page he indicated that an X means “melodic addition” and an O is for an optional note. He didn’t have a symbol for a note that was to follow an X. Because of this, when in the fourth measure the melody goes to a Cb note, Ted didn’t mark in on his Db9 chord (which he might have done so with a square symbol). To play this note, you could either play the Cb note on the 4th string of the given Db9 chord, or play the “suggested chord” which I’ve added.
P.1, line 3: Finger the Ab9 chord as, 2,1,4,1. Keep the little finger planted from the previous chord to make the transition smooth.
On Ted’s original page he didn’t write out the grid chords for the second half of the Bridge, but merely wrote, “Everything on this line up ½ step.” To make it easier to read, I copied those previous grid chords and changed the names and fret numbers to correspond to the chords in the second half of the Bridge.
Instead of using Ted’s repeat and Coda for navigation I simply wrote out the repeated A section after the Bridge and then put the Tag at the end.
Finger the Tag “lines” as: 2 to 3 to 2,1 Use first finger to barre at least strings 4,3,2 – or more – on this last dyad.
For the final Eb6/9 chord try adding a Bb on the 6th string, and then do some harp harmonics for a splash of color.
After you’ve learned to play this in Eb, you might want to move the whole arrangement up ½ step to the key of E so you can use some open strings for bass notes, etc.