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These pages were added when the memorial service was being planned. We were trying to determine how many people would attend. Some people included their remembrances here.

I would like to attend the memorial.

Joey Backenstoe
July 31, 2005 6:24 PM


I am so warmed to see this outpouring of thoughts about Ted. Like all of you, I loved this man as a teacher and a friend.

He was a legend in is own time but wanted no fame. My favorite quote from Ted when I asked him why he only charged $20-$25 per lesson: "Well, you know, I want to meet as many people as I can!" A true zen master...

I will fly from Chicago for a memorial service. My info:

July 31, 2005 7:00 PM


Hey Dan,
Ted...what a kind, generous and loving genius. Please include me in this last goodbye to such a wonderful man.
thanx my brotha,

ricky z.
July 31, 2005 7:40 PM


Please let me know so I can be there


thank you
jay morran
July 31, 2005 8:36 PM



Thank you for this site.

I am so saddened by Ted's passing. A beautiful spirit, who invented a music with that same beauty.

I miss him.

Please count me in on the memorial.

-dean parks-
July 31, 2005 9:52 PM


The time I spent with Ted not only impacted how I looked at guitar, but how I heard music regardless of style, genre, era, and complexity. His humbleness amazed me. I feel lucky to have known him. Please keep me informed and add me to the memorial list of attendees.

Thank you,

James Santiago
July 31, 2005 10:21 PM


There is so much I would like to say but frankly, I am numb. For two years one day a week I visited with Ted. During that time I fell in love with his spirit and intellect. Afterward we spoke regularly and there was no indication that his health was failing. Ted, I think of you every day. Eternal Peace, my brother.

August 01, 2005 7:34 AM


Ted was an amazing human being- I am so grateful that i got the chance to study with Ted.

A true gentlemen, a dedicated musician and teacher. Ted's death is a huge loss but his spirit will live on in all of us who were lucky enough to be touched by him...
Thanks for inspiring me Ted,

Barry Mitchell
August 01, 2005 11:24 AM


I can't believe he's gone. It's crushing to lose a man of such love and compassion. He was such an inspiration, being able to effortlessly perform miracles on guitar while telling stories of the Beatles or Wes. Ted was way more than a teacher or a musician, He IS a light in the lives of all who encountered him. His undertanding, humor, humility, and compassion for those around him was as much an influence on me as his guitar playing.

We will miss you, Ted.

My condolences to all of Ted's family and friends.

I would appreciate any info on the memorial service,

Thanks, Carl Acosta
August 01, 2005 12:11 PM



Please let me know about the funeral arrangements.

-bruce henkin
August 01, 2005 12:33 PM


As one of the many who feels blessed at having had the opportunity to study (even just a little bit) with Ted, please add me to the list of those wishing to attend the memorial.

George Van Wagner
August 01, 2005 1:06 PM


Please keep me informed of any memorial services. Ted was a long time teacher and a good friend........and a very wise and loving soul. We are all at a great loss to lose such a compassionate and wise man. He taught much more than music.....

Miles Joseph
August 01, 2005 1:19 PM


Myself and another friend - total of 2. We are both students of Ted and will miss him and his amazing talent and skills. Please keep us posted.

-Wayne Ahlberg
August 01, 2005 1:46 PM


Ted was like the candle that did not burn long, but ever so bright. He illuminated the minds of countless musicians young, and old, and like all great History, he will be remembered.

Bob Barry
August 01, 2005 5:45 PM


Dan and Adam,

Please add me to the list for the memorial. If possible I will bring Hale and Gabe too. Thanks for putting up this site and let me know if I can help in any way.

Tim Torrance ttmusic@pacbell.net
August 01, 2005 6:02 PM


Dan and Adam,
You're wonderful.
I would like to join you all in celebration of Ted's life.

Robin Pitigliano
August 01, 2005 7:38 PM


Please let me know when the the memorial will be.

Jody Fisher
August 01, 2005 11:33 PM


Ted's passionate approach to music and teaching was a crucial element in determining my life's path.

Please let me know when and where the memorial will be. I will attend with two others.

Peter Butterfield
August 02, 2005 7:42 AM


Dear Dan,

Please let me know when and where Ted's memorial will be. I'd like to attend (one person).

Kris Kowal
August 02, 2005 9:24 AM


Hi Dan. This is a terrible loss! No guitarist growing up in the SFV in the late '60s was unaffected by Ted, his inspiring genius, and sage-like demeanor. I first saw him play at Chatsworth High School with a band called The Nomads (c. 1967-8. He was playing a black Les Paul. I introduced him to Don Troiano in 1969-70 and they became friends. Ted's first words to Don were, "You've been listening to Lenny Breau." Although I had not spoken to Ted in some time, I will always be grateful for having known him. --

Bill Andersen
August 02, 2005 11:50 AM


Even though I've never taken lessons from this man, I did enjoy his professionalism, and the students of his that I learned from. I will always appreciate his talent, the books written, and remember that trading cards and baseball were necessary to gain his interest and trust.

Please let me know when arrangements have been made.

Jerry Faigin jerry@jsfmusic.com
August 02, 2005 1:28 PM


>>>Preliminary Announcement! <<<

Here is the preliminary announcement of the memorial for Ted Greene. It will be held on August 14, 1PM to 5PM at the Beverly Garland Hotel.

Please look for the more complete details which should be up by this evening on this website.

August 02, 2005 4:23 PM


Thankyou Dan,

I would like to attend. Ted was a friend of 30 years. I am in shock. He will be missed and remembered as the wonderful kind person he was.

Charlie Hall
August 02, 2005 4:52 PM


Thank you for organizing this site. I live in Kentucky now, but hope to make it for the service. I have studied with Ted for many years, both when I lived in L.A. and since then via mail. My world will never quite feel the same, and I will cherish the memories of sitting in his living room and witnessing his brilliance. My deepest sympathy to his family.

David Crites
August 02, 2005 8:03 PM


I would like to attend any upcoming service. I was a student of Ted's and a great admirer of his music and his kindness.

Brent Canter
August 02, 2005 8:11 PM


I would like to attend. My name is Earnest and I am a student of his. Please send me information.

Earnest Park
August 03, 2005 12:28 AM


Dan, I would like to attend.
Thank you, Gary Mandell
August 03, 2005 1:36 AM

Hi Dan. Thanks for putting this together. I will definitely be attending.

Tom Fernandes
August 03, 2005 4:48 AM


Please notify me of the time and place of the memorial as I would like to attend.

Much Love,

Eric Keyes
August 03, 2005 9:36 AM


The band in heaven just got a whole lot better.

Dan, I'll be there for certain. Thanks for putting this site together. Ted was worth this and so much more. How fortunate we were to know him.

Adam Smith
August 03, 2005 6:00 PM



August 03, 2005 6:33 PM


*** All information about the memorial on August 14th is now posted on the main page of this site. It is not neccesary anymore to leave your contact information here. ***

Please continue to leave your comments in the "Memories of Ted" section. Thanks to all!

(Dan Sawyer)
August 04, 2005 10:11 AM
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