New for January 2011 at TedGreene.com

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Greetings for the New Year,

Time constraints and other things created obstacles at the end of the year, therefore it was questionable if there would be occasion to choose and post new material.  There is no new video or audio this month.

But…. (like Ted),  never wanting to disappoint if it can be avoided, I was able to put together lessons and comping arrangements – lots of chord study type stuff .

Regarding the comping –  I chose Bluesette because it utilizes “Bass Enhanced Triad Voicings” . However, as Ted has gently implored on the sheet, you must know the original melody.   As an alternative for some, I have included Bye Bye Blackbird due a certain familiarity, and Watch What Happens.

I do hope you will find this useful and perhaps pleasurable.  Barbara

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Lessons:

Chord Studies:

1. Contemporary Bass Enhanced Triads in ‘Expanded Diatonic’ Chord Progressions

2. Tri-Level Chords and their Progressions: A Beginning (for the lover of Harmony)

Comping:

Watch What Happens – Key of D

Bye Bye Blackbird –  Eb

Bluesette –  Bb

Wishing everyone all the best in the coming year.

*Barbara Franklin *  Dan Sindel * Paul Vachon*

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Season’s Greetings

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

May the spirit of this season remain in your heart long after the season has passed….

A joyous and peaceful holiday to everyone!  Barbara (and Ted)

(our only “Christmasy” photo)

Red is for brightness and cheer, green symbolizes the promise of new growth in the Spring.

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New for Dec.2010 at TedGreene.com

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

December Greetings,

Continuing our tradition of offering thoughts to ponder as another year in our lives comes to a close. Ted kept this special quotation hanging in his apartment as it so well reflected his own idea on how to achieve any goal. (I posted this years (!) ago somewhere in the Forums.)

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and Determination alone are Omnipotent.

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*New Video on the website* from Joey B’s wedding video – an exquisite four-song medley!

AND * New Audio on the website* I’m Dreaming of A White Christmas

New Lesson Material for December:

Harmony Section – Contrary Motion Melody – 4 pages

IV iii7 ii7 w/Contrary Motion Melody –Pg.1

IV iii7 ii7 V7 I –Pg.2

IV iii7 ii7 V7 (alt.) I – Pg. 3

IV iii7 ii7 – Pg. 4

Tune: The Nearness of You  

From the Students: Compilations by Paul VachonThe Nearness of You – O Come All Ye Faithful – Deck the Halls

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“Kindness is a small price to pay for the good will and affection of others.” Ted Greene

May you find peace, serenity and joy in your heart now and always.

Barbara Franklin

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November 2010 at TedGreene.com

Mid-Autumn Greetings,

This month offers the Final installment (Part IV) of the George Van Eps/Ted Greene        taped interview for Guitar Player Magazine.

There is a very special song this month, one of Ted’s original pieces titled Thanksgiving Chorale. Ted wrote it when he was 28 years old and assiduously studying the style of J.S. Bach, upon which the piece is highly influenced.   I never did ask Ted about the title, but since it was written during November 1974, it is probable that he wrote it to commemorate the holiday.

I encourage you to look at David and Paul’s write-ups for it, located in the section titled From the Students.  By itself, the page might be difficult to read and decipher.  Paul has made the notation very clear to read, and provided “possible chord diagrams” for the guitarist.  David’s analysis will no doubt shed light into the compositional construction, and show how it relates to J.S. Bach.

New and stimulating activity in the Forums

I am happy to see that there has been some interest generated by a couple of threads in the Forums called “Name That Chord” and “Name That Chord Progression.” This has led to some very stimulating musical discussions.  The examples are from Ted’s “Personal Studies” pages – not from his regular teaching material.  We will continue to post more examples if interest and participation grows, and I encourage anyone to join the discussions, to ask questions, offer observations, or make comments.  There are some real experts in our membership who can offer a wealth of information, and some insights into Ted’s teachings and perspectives…free for the asking!

Which brings me to the new lesson material:

Ted titled this study: Diatonic Scalewise Derived Passages – Triads

On all these pages Ted has asked the student to name the chords.  He does indicate what key the exercise is in.  I do encourage you to give it a try. If anyone needs assistance, just email and we will post a few in the Forums as examples.  By the time you’ve completed all the lesson exercises, as per Ted’s instructions, that is: do them in all keys indicated, you will have gained an extensive knowledge of three-note triads and their inversions!  These exercises consist of five pages!

Very useful, yes?

Lessons:

Chord Studies: Getting Acquainted With Triads – 5 pages (numbered 1,1a, 2,3,4)

Tune: Thanksgiving Chorale by Ted Greene

From the Students: Compilation by Paul Vachon

Analysis by David Bishop

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And I will leave you with this:

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the origin of all the other virtues.”   Marcus Tullius Cicero

[Lat., Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum onmium reliquarum.] Source: Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXXIII)

One aspect of Ted’s character that factored heavily in his life was gratitude.  Ted lived his life in gratitude for all that was bestowed upon him, and quite often expressed and acknowledged how blessed he felt.  These feelings of gratitude were also reflected in his generosity towards others, and in the way he lived.

May you all have a joyous Thanksgiving celebration.

Barbara Franklin

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New From TedGreene.com 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.

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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.

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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.

Tunes:

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

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As many of you are well aware, the TedGreene.com 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

And….. a  GRAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF APPRECIATION to Dan Sindel and Paul Vachon

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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 TedGreene.com

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

TedGreene.com 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)

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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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NEW for AUGUST at TedGreene.com

July 31, 2010 1 comment

August 2010 TedGreene.com Newsletter

Mid Summer Greetings,

This month we have New Audio and the accompanying article resulting from such.  Ted interviewed George Van Eps for the August 1981 issue of Guitar Player magazine. The entire interview with George was taped by Ted, which he later used as a reference when he wrote the article.    We are presenting both the audio (in several parts) and the actual magazine article in total.

These very informative audio CDs also offer candid, warm and casual conversation between two maestros and friends.

In the Tunes section you will notice three versions of My Funny Valentine.  Two versions have been posted on the website for some time now, so we decided to add the third and final version of Ted’s arrangements. This will give you the ability to make comparisons and choose the version of your personal preference.  Or perhaps learn all three, mix and match!  For your convenience, and because Paul is so conscientious, thorough, and truly cares about making the learning process as accessible as possible, he has included a page of comments and explanations.  What an exemplary person Paul is indeed!

Lessons:

Ted was continually stressing the importance of ear training. If you are familiar with the material, review does no harm.  If this is new for you, it is guaranteed to improve your musicianship!

To be found in the section OTHER

1. Learning to Hear Major going to Minor

2. Learning to hear Minor

3. Learning to hear V7

4. Learning to hear V7b9

Tunes: My Funny Valentine – Version #1 Ted’s (9/12/74) original chord melody arrangement

*Note:  Ted’s other original versions of My Funny Valentine#2 (12/18/74) and #3 (3/22/99) are already in the Tunes section.  Paul has now made compilation pages for those versions.

From the Students:

My Funny Valentine – Ted’s 12/9/74 arrangement with compilation pages by Paul Vachon

My Funny Valentine – Ted’s 12/18/74 notated arrangement with compilation pages by Paul Vachon

My Funny Valentine – Ted’s 3/22/1999 arrangement with compilation pages by Paul Vachon

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Please feel unrestrained and certainly harbor no obstacle about wishing to communicate, correspond, interact, question, query, comment, criticize, remark, doubt, and make suggestions and requests.

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Communication is the essence of understanding.

Wishing you all inspiration and enjoyable experiences musically and otherwise.

Barbara Franklin

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FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY…..

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JULY 2010 NEWS from TED GREENE.COM

JULY 2010 NEWSLETTER

Summer Greetings,

For me, the bittersweet month of July possesses memories of Ted that engender my most profound happiness (our fortuitous first meeting on the 9th, which we commemorated with a celebration), and my most profound sadness  – the loss of Ted on the 23rd.

Now five yeas will have come to pass since that ill-fated day. I felt it an appropriate time to offer a special remembrance:

TED GREENE

September 26, 1946 – July 23, 2005

“A modest credo of mine is: Music is about how it makes us feel, while we’re in it and later when we’re remembering it.  And more important for some, music is about the effects of this, on us, on our lives… and those of others.  There are a million and one things to think about here, if one is so inclined.” Ted Greene

IN MEMORY OF HIS LOVE, HIS MUSIC,

HIS PASSION, HIS HUMANITY.

My dearest Ted

Always in my heart, my love forever.

Barbara

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In mid-June we chose to share something incredible with everyone:

A Ted Greene “Special Recording Session” circa 1977. For those of you who have not discovered this phenomenal collection, the information can be found on the Home page.

New video: Alas, we have exhausted our reserve of lesson videos graciously submitted by Steve Herberman, Brian Totten and Nick Stasinos.  However, Dan Sindel will begin posting Ted’s Music Seminar videos.  This will be done in several segments over the course of the next few months.

This July I chose a very poignant song, Time After Time, written by Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne in 1947.  Frank Sinatra introduced it in the 1947 movie It Happened in Brooklyn. Ted played this sentimental favorite so tenderly it brought tears of rapture to both of us.

Lesson Material:

Jazz/Blues: The ever-popular Jazz Turnarounds – pgs. 4, 5 & 6

Chords:

1. Minor Chords and Astronomy (Ted’s clever presentation of minor chord construction and relationships)

2. Using 3 Note Triads and 7th Chords in Short Phrases

3. Triad Exercises in Minor – Broken Chords

Tunes: Chord Melody – Time After Time

From the Students: – Time After Time compilation by Paul Vachon

Sleepwalk compilation by Paul Vachon

At this most significant point in time, I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation to everyone for their efforts in helping to perpetuate Ted Greene’s legacy.  May it extend forever beyond the reaches of time sending forth a beacon of musical light and beauty as a gentle guide for all those who wish to find this path.

Wishing you inspiration and joy, Barbara Franklin

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