Ted Greene Arrangement - December 07-1972
Compilation page by P. Vachon
Ted's Original Lesson sheet
My Compilation Page
Here’s a classic Christmas song that Ted wrote out in standard music notation back in 1972. I’ve drawn Ted-style chord diagrams according to the fret and finger positions that Ted marked on his score. As always, the playing order is: solid dot, X, square, then triangle. A line drawn between two diagrams shows a sustained note - the same as a tie in regular notation. There are some optional voice movements (inner or bass lines) that are marked with an “opt.” - try to play these if you can, for they add an extra level of interest and beauty to the piece.
Some comments and fingering suggestions: (referring to the compilation pages)
Measure 3: The X notes on the G chord are really nice. Spend some time to get this move down—you’ll be happy you did.
Measure 4: This is a case where you need to do a partial barre to prepare for a inner voice move. Finger it: 3,4,2,1, but barre strings 4 & 3 with finger 2. After playing the chord, lift your 4th finger to get the C# on the 4th string.
Measure 5: In order to sustain the notes on strings 5,4, and 3 as you move to the X notes, use this fingering: 2,1,1,4 then play the top two strings with fingers 4 and 3. Keep the first finger full barre for the G chord that follows.
Measure 6: Finger the Em6 chord as: 1,1,2,4. This allows for a smooth transition to the next chord, regardless if you play the optional bass note or not.
Measure 12: I don’t know how Ted intended that the A melody note could sustain for the entire measure with the fingering he provided. When switching to the Bm chord it doesn’t seem possible. So I’ve come up with a different fingering of the F#m7 chord (in brackets) that will allow for the melody to sustain. It contains the same notes, but just fingered a little differently. Try it.
The rest is pretty self-explanatory with the fingerings as provided by Ted.
Enjoy… and Happy Holidays!