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Ted’s Arrangement (Aug 11, 1980) with compilation pages by Paul Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheets

My compilation pages, changes and comparisons
PenniesFromHeaven_TedGreeneArr_ notes_grids.pdf

This jazz standard was written by Arthur Johnston and Johnny Burke, and was sung by Bing Crosby in the 1936 film, Pennies from Heaven.  That year it was also sung by Billy Holiday.  Ted’s arrangement was designed for “Intermediate” level solo guitar and is fairly easy to learn.

Some Fingering Suggestions: (page and line numbers refer to the compilation pages)

  • P.1, line 2:  In order to sustain the notes on strings 4,3, and 2 for the E9(#11) you might try this fingering:  1,3,3,4 then lift finger 4 and have the A# note played with the first finger.
  • P.1, line 3:  For the F#13, normally I’d play that form as 1,2,3,4,4 or as 1,1,2,3,3.  But in this instance you need to play the F# note after the G# on the top string, so I’d finger it as 1,1 2,3,4 then lift finger 4.
  • P.2, line 1:  Try a C7 or C7(b5) for the “fill” at the end of this line.

The rest is rather self-explanatory, so you shouldn’t have any difficulties working it out.  I really like the move on p.2, line 3 of the Emaj7 to Em(maj7) to B/9 to D#m7 — it has some nice smooth voice-leading.

Hope you all enjoy playing this tune.

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