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Ted’s Arrangement, with compilation pages by Paul Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheet

My compilation pages, changes and comparisons

Here is a compilation of Ted's arrangement of "Send in the Clowns" combined with music notation. Ted wrote this page in 1976 as a lesson for students, and used it as a foundation upon which he constructed the beautiful recording in 1977 for his "Solo Guitar" album. Unfortunately this sheet is pretty basic and doesn't include his gorgeous harmonics, intros, interludes, etc., but it does provides a starting point for anyone wanting to play the tune as Ted taught it. Think of this arrangement as an "outline format" - meaning that the player has to fill in where the melody requires additional notes.

These compilation pages don't include any of Ted's navigation instructions, since it wasn't necessary with the bars, repeat signs, and overall format of the music notation.

For some of the grid boxes Ted gave a chord name but left the diagram blank - this was done simply to avoid writing out the exact same chords that preceded them. To avoid confusion I took the liberty to repeat those chords in place of the blank boxes.

One point of interest is the three grid boxes noted as, "parallel diatonic 10ths with inner 5th pedal." He wrote, "Ideally, try to sustain this note" - indicating the 5th pedal note (the B note on the 3rd string). If you use your 3rd finger on this note you'll be able to hold it stationary while the other voices move...and keep it planted for the chord in the following measure as well. Pretty slick, Ted!

During the second G#m of the Bridge, there's three chords over which he wrote, "Result of moving line" - referring to, of course, the descending inner line of the root to b7 of the G#m chord, then going to the root of the Emaj7.

The chord names just above the melody are the original changes from Stephen Sondheim (transposed from the original key of Eb).

This is a nice arrangement, easy to learn quickly, yet beautiful. Try to find places to add harmonics and it will bring some additional life to it....and crank up your reverb! And of course listen to Ted's "Solo Guitar" and the live version on Ted's 6/6/93 MI seminar DVD (also on YouTube) for more ideas and inspiration.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=tr9XUj8kt70 (Ted at MI seminar, 1993, June 6)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=BnwJ5KIcKX4 (Barbara Streisand, live)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=g5yG1Dy5b4A (Judy Collins, live)

-- Paul

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