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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 "What Kind of Fool Am I?" with his chord grid boxes and standard notation. His original page is posted in the "Lessons" section under "Tunes", and was placed there in April 2008 as part of the Monthly Newsletter Lessons.

This song is from the 1961 musical production, "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off". There's some pretty tough chords here - see the A7#9 in the sixth bar, and the passage in bars 21 thru 23 push the limits on my acoustic guitar - but that's typical Ted!

I seem to recall that Ted supported the idea of not just learning a tune as a progression with a bunch of notes and chords, but as a complete song - with lyrics, a meaning, and a story behind it all. To know the words helps one to remember it better. On one of Mark Levy's lesson recordings, Ted talked about knowing a song well enough so that you can play it on different levels: a bare-bones "campfire" version that is just the basic chords that you can sing along with; a simple chord-melody version; and then if you really liked the tune, to have a lush chord-melody arrangement with lots of substitutions, extended and altered chords, reharmonizations, etc. Being able to play it in any key is an added bonus and aids to memorizing it...and of course Ted would also be able to play the tune in a variety of styles as well!

"What Kind of Fool Am I?" was originally done in Eb. Ted transposed it into C for this arrangement. He sticks pretty close to the melody as stated, but you'll notice a few very small variations. He plays the melody as written for the first 16 bars, then up an octave for the next 15 (or 16) bars. He doesn't take either the 1st or the 2nd ending, but instead goes directly to his "TAG" section, which is similar to the 2nd ending plus a short interlude that modulates up one step to the key of D. I put the TAG on page 3, but didn't try to define the notation for the melody. I also assumed that after the G/9 chord the new key would begin with the new dominant and the pick-up notes exactly as he did for the beginning of the song, only up a step. I hope this is what he intended.

I hope this is helpful to anyone who is interested in learning Ted's arrangement. Enjoy!

-- Paul

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