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Ted’s Arrangement (June 10, 2002)
Compilation pages by Paul Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheets
TheNearnessOfYouTedGreene_2002-06-10.pdf

Compilation Pages
TheNearnessOfYouTedGreene_notes_grids.pdf

This beautiful song was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington in 1938 and has since become a classic standard.  Ted wrote this simple arrangement during a private lesson in 2002 and tailored it for that student.

Ted didn’t include the chord names or an ending, so I’ve added them in blue.  I tried to add chord forms that are somewhat consistent with the rest of the arrangement.  Feel free to disregard my chords and create your own ending.  Certainly you can come up with a more elaborate tag before the final chord.  The chord names located just above the melody are the standard fake book changes.

Since Ted wrote this “on the fly,” there are a few spots where he deviates slightly from the written notes of the lead sheet.  See my comments below for more details.

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Some fingering suggestions and other comments:
(Page and measure numbers refer to the compilation pages only)

P.1, line 2:        For the Am6/7 chord, finger it as:  open 5th, 2,2,2,1, then for the X notes: 3,2,2,2.  This may seem a little awkward, but it works well. Another option would be:  open 5th, 2,3,4,1, then for the X notes:  1,2,3,4.  Or some variation of these.  Experiment.  Whatever fingering you use for the Am7 chord, just slide it down a 1/2 step for the G#m7 in the next measure.

P.1, line 3:        For the first ending Ted plays a G# melody note on the word, “you,” but the original music has the note B, and I really like Ted’s version.  Just keep this in mind, so you’re aware that this is different from the original.  You may wish to also create another turnaround with the B note on top using the standard changes of G#m7 – G7 (or C#7) – F#m11 – B7.

P.2, line 1:        Try some harp harmonics for fills on the F#m7 –B9 chords.

P.2, line 2:        The second measure on this line contains an A note on the C#7 chord.  Instead Ted plays a G# note as a variation.  Again, this sounds great, but just be aware that it’s different from the original.  You should also have a chord form with the A note on top. 

P.2, line 2:        Finger the F#13 –C9(b5) – B11 as:  1,1,2,3,1 to 4,1,2,3,1 to 1,1,1,1,1.  If you want the G bass note for the C9(b5) chord, use the 4th finger to double-stop the G and C together.

Enjoy!
--Paul



 
   
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