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Ted Greene Arrangement - May 7, 1992 and Jan 10, 1993
Compilation pages by Paul Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheets
Something_TedGreene.pdf

My Compilation Page
Something_TedGreene_Arr_notes_grids.pdf

Ted wrote up two pages for this well-loved Beatles song (both in the key of A)—one for a private lesson in 1992, and the other dated 1993 is an unfinished arrangement that was probably intended as hand-out for students.  My guess is that he got interrupted and never got around to finishing the ’93 version.  In addition we also have a rough lead-sheet he made in 1974 (in the key of G).  All three of these original pages have been combined onto one .PDF file.  One thing I find interesting about this composition is that the A section is a 9-measure phrase the first time through, then 10 measures the second time.
 
My “compilation” pages combine the notation of the lead sheet with the grid chord diagrams from both arrangements—plus lyrics.  Because the two versions are almost identical I used the 1993 version for the A section, and the 1992 version for the bridge.  In cases where there are differences in the two arrangements I’ve included both diagrams, as optional alternatives.
 
In a few places Ted’s diagrams are slightly different from the standard melody, so you have the option of either playing it according to his diagrams, or to treat the arrangement as an “outline” arrangement (as Ted called it) and add the missing melody notes as needed.  For Ted’s variation to the melody in the first two bars of the Bridge I notated the standard melody notes in red.  You’ll also need to do some right-hand fills in a number of spots in order to fill up the time.

As you can see in the original 1992 lesson page, it begins with a lesson on “Descending Bass Doo-Wop in Ab (Accompaniment Style)” and then that discussion most likely led into the example of “Something.”  The first three measures provide a good example showing a major chord with a descending line of root to 7 to b7.  In this case its actually A(add9) to Amaj9 to A11 to A9.  It’s a good illustration for new students learning about major chords and how a moving line changes the sound and name of the base chord.  Another descending line also occurs on the F#m chords in measure 7 and 8:  minor to minor/major7 to minor 7 and then to its companion dominant 7th (Bb7). 

Enjoy!
—Paul

 
   
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