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New From for Oct. 1020

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Autumnal Greetings!

At the writing of this newsletter, it sure doesn’t feel as if Autumn has arrived here in Southern California!  We have been roasting in triple digit heat for days with no end insight.  Yes, summer’s last flame burns bright before she departs to grace the southern hemisphere with her potential furies.


This month brings you Part III of the George Van Eps/Ted Greene Interviews to download and savor.

Moreover, according to the statistics that depict the most popular lesson material, one of the favorites has been 10ths and Inner Pedals. Therefore this month we offer lessons of a similar nature, which bring out the beauty and movement of sustained inner voices and present a wider variety of options.


Lesson Material:

Harmony and Theory: Diatonic 6th and Inner Pedals

Introduction to Diatonic 6th and Inner Pedals – 3 Pages

Longer Phrases Using Diatonic 6th and Inner Pedals (& other sounds for variety)

A Form of Sustained Scale Technique

Diatonic 6th and Inner Pedals – Leading into 6ths and Soprano Pedals (and other sounds for Taste’s Sake)

Dorian and Aeolian 6ths with Inner Pedals  – Baroquish Flavour as a result.


Pennies From Heaven (1936), is a popular American song by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston.  It was also the title of a film made in 1936 starring Bing Crosby and Madge Evans, and introducing the song.

Moonglow was first recorded by Joe Venuti and his Orchestra in 1933, with later recordings by Ethel Waters and Benny Goodman his Orchestra in 1934, and has since become a jazz standard, performed and recorded numerous times by a wide array of musical talents.

TUNES:  Chord Melody Arrangement and Comping Pages for:

Moonglow – Ted Greene

Pennies From Heaven – Ted Greene

From the Students – A compilation of the above songs by Paul Vachon


As many of you are well aware, the lesson section has accumulated an abundance of varied material, a good portion of which we feel will appeal to and be useful for everyone for years to come.  There are many choices, and it is not always easy to choose wisely the first time.

An undoubted truth is: That which stimulates and challenges will sustain interest and produce the desired results.

It is my wish, as it was Ted’s to continually present a vast array of musical options with the hopes that at least some will resonate with your musical soul.

Wishing you inspiration and joy!

Barbara Franklin


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September 26th -a special day

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Ted would have completed 64 years of life on this Earth on September 26th.
I want to believe that Ted will always be remembered for his nonpareil playing,  invaluable music contributions and for his beautiful, indomitable spirit and optimism, which he willingly and passionately shared.  It is also my hope that his ideas of gently spreading beauty and goodness through music will be continued into the long reaches of the future.  May he forever remain an inspiration to everyone.
Ted you will always be my love, my life. Your Barbara

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New for September 2010 at

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment Newsletter Sept. 2010

Late Summer Greetings,

Thus this month begins the final quarter of this year, soon the autumnal equinox, and on the 26th of September Ted would have been sixty-four.  Yet, Ted’s magic continues to spread, traversing a course reaching many recesses of our unfathomable planet. Behold, the Forums section now has over one thousand members worldwide, and seems to be increasing weekly.  Quite gratifying!

The second installment of the George Van Eps/Ted interview is now presented in the Audio section and will surely pique your interest again.  Thanks for all the positive comments you’ve shared.

This month the lesson material encompasses Ted’s written explanations and examples of Diatonic Modulation. I have included a “foreword,” if you will.  I chose to include it with the lesson pages, as opposed to offering my commentary here.

Lessons:   Harmony section

Diatonic Modulation

1. A note from Barbara

2. Ted’s Diatonic Modulation Pages – Details and Examples  – 3 pages

3. Practice patterns to Learn Chord Forms “almost” Diatonic Modulation

4. Application of Basic Chord Forms in Progressions (Featuring Voice Leading, Ties, Melodic Top End, Sequences, Cycles and Modulation)

Tune: Michelle –  Ted’s Chord Melody arrangement  #1

Ted’s Chord Melody arrangement #2

Ted’s Lead Sheet

From the Students:

Michelle – Versions #1 and #2 compilations by Paul Vachon

Yesterday – compilation by Fabius (from the Forum section)


I leave you with one of my favorite Ted quotations:

“It is your responsibility to work hard until you
are confident playing music that touches others’ hearts the way it has
touched yours.”
Ted Greene

Wishing you joy, insight and inspiration,

Barbara Franklin

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