Ted Greene Blues Study - Oct 9, 1989
Compilation pages by P. Vachon
Ted's Original Lesson sheet
My compilation page, changes and comparisons
Here is another one of Ted’s blues studies that illustrates the “V-of” principle: any chord may be preceded by its V7 (or a b5 substitute of the V7 chord). I believe that Ted used the term “jumpback” here to mean that for a given chord you would first play that chord, then “jump back” to it’s V7, then return to the original chord.
For the first chord of the piece Ted wrote: “Slide into this chord (from below)”
Also, “Optional: Slide into the 2nd chord too, of many of these phrases.”
A few other places he indicated to “slide” into certain chords.
This study is in F#, and the basic progression is:
|| F#7 | B7 | F#s7 | F#7 |
| B7 | Bm7 E7 | F#7 B7 | A#m7 D#7 |
| G#7 | G#m7 C#7 | F#7 D#7 | G#7 C#7 ||
Below are a few suggestions for fingering some of the chords:
Measure #1: Play the C bass note on beat 4 with either your 2nd finger or thumb. Try to sustain the F#7 chord.
Measure #2: Finger the C13 to B9 as follows: 1,2,1,4 to 1,2,1,3 then use your 4th finger to play the C bass note on beat 4. Again, sustain the B9 chord. Use this same fingering for measure #5, but this time the 4th finger reaches to play the C# on the 9th fret.
Measure #6: For the Bm11 chord try to slide into the E on the first string. Play the open sixth sting E as a ghost note very briefly just before playing the B7 chord. If you decide to play the C# bass note over the E9 chord, then you’ll need to finger the E9 as: 1,2,2 then reach over with the 4th finger to get the C# on the sixth string.
Measures #8 - #9: Finger the G#13(b9) as: 1,1,2,4,3 then lift the 4th finger and reach over to play the D# bass note on the fifth string.
Measures #9 - #10: Finger the G#m11 as: 2,3,4,1 then lift the 2nd finger off the G# on the sixth sting (or roll it over) and play the C# on the fifth string. Now hold that chord and lower the 2nd finger one fret to play the C note. Sustain if you can. When you go to the C#7 chord your 4th finger will stay in place, the 3rd finger will slide down one fret, and the first finger will reach over to play the E# on the sixth string. This is very simple, but smooth move. Play a hammer-on for the F#7 for a nice bluesy sound, and then reach the 4th finger over to catch the D bass note.
The voicing of the G#9 in measure 12 is what Ted often called a “Gershwin” chord. Catch the C bass note any way you like, but try to set yourself up for the C#13 chord that follows. Now, play the E# bass note and do it all over again, or end on some kind of F#7.
Learn to play the piece slowly at first, then when you feel comfortable pick up the speed a bit, perhaps playing the chords with some different syncopation.
Here’s 3 links to a private lesson on YouTube of Ted with Brian Totten talking about the blues.
In segment # 7, 8, and 9 they review Ted’s "Walking Bass Jumpback Blues" in the key of F# page.
Also check out Tim Lerch’s videos on YouTube demonstrating this and other Ted Greene lesson material. (Thanks Tim!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUCBIyN_cIk