NEW at TedGreene.Com 6/18/10

On the Home page at you will find something new and very special.

Rare and exquisite recordings of Ted.  Available now for your listening pleasure, for free…. or if you would like to express your appreciation, a donation to the website is always welcome.  Enjoy!

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NEW at for JUNE 2010

From      June 2010     Newsletter

Late Spring Greetings,

With summer coming, perhaps there will be more time to put in on the guitar?  You’ll need it with the abundance of new lesson material for this month.

In the new video, Ted discusses writing the article on Wes Montgomery, and also comments on Wes’ playing style.  With that in mind, most of the lesson material this month is Wes related!

In accordance with that there is a special contribution from Ted’s student, David Oakes. The written introduction to his version of Night Wes, includes some interesting details which I will share here:

Night Wes is one of Ted’s original compositions.  Anyone that knew Ted was fully aware of Ted’s love for the guitar and musicality of Wes Montgomery.  Ted told me that he was inspired by two of his favorite Wes songs to create the composition.  The first one was Joe Zawinul’s Midnight Mood and the second was Bumpin’ on Sunset. That is where the “night” reference came into play.”

Paul Vachon has also contributed his compilation of Night Wes.  There are a few dissimilarities between Paul’s version and David’s version.  The explanations for each arrangement are detailed separately in From the Students, along with both versions.

Paul, above and beyond amazing, has also done compilations of the lesson material, Walkin’ With Wes, Wes Octaves and Walkin’ Bass Jumpback Blues in F#, as requested by a well- deserving Tim Lerch, who has contributed excellent video lessons of Ted’s blues pieces, AND  is planning a new video on Youtube for June of Walking Bass Jumpback Blues in F# to coincide with the lesson material! Wow!

Lesson Material:

Jazz/Blues Section:

Walkin’ With Wes #2 – Ted’s Original Blues Study

Walkin’ With Wes #3 – Ted’s Original Blues Study

Wes Octave Moving Positions – Ted’s page for playing octaves like Wes

Walking Bass Jumpback Blues (in F#) – Ted’s Original Blues Study

Jumpback Blues (in A) – Ted’s Original Blues Study

From the Students:

‘Night Wes – Paul Vachon’s compilation pages & comments

Night Wes – David Oakes’ version in musical notation & comments

Walking Bass Jumback Blues (in F#) Paul Vachon’s compilation of Ted’s page

Walkin’ With Wes #2 – Paul Vachon’s compilation of Ted’s page

Walkin’ With Wes #3 – Paul Vachon’s compilation of Ted’s page

Jumpback Blues (in A) – Paul Vachon’s compilation of Ted’s page


‘Night Wes – Ted Greene original composition

There you have it, and considering the copious amount of new pieces to play, I chose not to post any additional lesson material.  Paul Vachon and David Oakes have graciously imparted all these lessons to you.

May you find something here to delight you!

Barbara Franklin

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New at for May 2010


From the Newsletter:

‘Tis May!  “When never-resting time leads summer on” Shakespeare

This month the NEW VIDEO presents more from the lesson collection of Nick Stasinos. Here you will find Ted and Nick conversing on various topics; one of particular interest is Ted’s Telecaster setup and sounds.   (The same new video also at TedGreeneArchives  Youtube.)

Without Paul Vachon’s compilation of Nature Boy, the original grid Ted fashioned for a student would have been “unpostable.” Many times when Ted wrote up a chord melody sheet specifically upon request during a lesson, much discussion and explanation accompanied the material, rendering it almost impossible to decipher unless YOU were that student!   Therefore, it is suggested you utilize Paul’s compilation page first, then make a comparison to the original sheet.

For the ever-growing legion of J.S. Bach aficionados, I gladly offer Ted’s transcription of J.S. Bach’s Prelude No.2 for Keyboard. This piece was originally in Cmi, Ted has transposed it to Ami for guitar. It took me a while to determine where in Bach’s voluminous works Ted discovered this Prelude.  I finally found it in one of my piano books titled, 18 Short Preludes for the Keyboard; there is a 2nd section in the back of the book titled 6 Short Preludes for the Keyboard, and voila! there is was.

New Lesson Material:

Fundamentals: The Guitar Layout – Chord Twins – 2 Pages

The Guitar Layout – Voicing Twins

Other: Tonality:  A Taste of Tonality Types

Hearing the Different Tonalities

Tunes : Nature Boy – Ted’s chord melody arrangement

Bach Prelude No. 2 (from the 6 Short Preludes)

Blues: Gospel Influenced Blues in G –Ted Greene original

From the Students: Nature Boy – Paul Vachon compilation

Gospel Influenced Blues in G – Paul Vachon compilation

Well, there you have it, a veritable gourmet feast for May.  I’m always endeavoring to appeal to the length and breadth of all who choose to visit here.  Please feel free to contribute comments, express preferences, and ask questions.  After all, that is the rationale for the forums section.

Wishing inspiration and joyful moments.  Barbara Franklin

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For APRIL 2010 at

An Excerpt From the April 2010 Newsletter:

**New Video – From Nick Stasinos’ collection of lessons, this lesson includes conversations on many topics, a few with musical examples.  Most notably Ted does his best to define what American music is, inclusive of some uproarious comparisons.  (Ted being Ted! and one silly illustration of why I loved him so much.) * This video is already up on the TedGreeneArchives on Youtube!

There is an eclectic mix of lesson material and song arrangements presented this month.  Paul Vachon’s compilations alone are totally dissimilar in content, and conversely due to various discussions on Baroque analysis in the Forums over the past month, I have selected some related material in that area.   However, the ii7 V7 I resolutions have a multitude of applications, but I chose it as an example of the plentiful possibilities of voice leading, Ted’s chord “extensions” galore, and resolutions in particular.

The minuet in F by Handel is unfamiliar to me; perhaps someone knows what it was taken from?   I included this piece for Ted’s rudimentary analysis, and on the off chance some of you might follow up on his suggestion?   This can be quite an enjoyable exercise, and those of you who choose to, may very well be surprised at how much variety a simple chord progression can generate.

New Lessons:


Harmonization of ii7 V7 I – 3 pages

From the Students:

Gospel Blues compilation by Paul Vachon

Girl from Ipanema – compilation by Paul Vachon’s

Tunes: Girl from Ipanema (Ted’s original outline for Solo Guitar and Ted’s melody line w/chords)

Gospel Blues (Ted’s original)

Minuet by George F. Handel (w/some analysis by Ted)

Wishing you a pleasant springtime, joy and inspiration,

Barbara Franklin

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George Winston (pianist) Book Review

March 6, 2010 1 comment

“It is so wonderful to have Barbara’s deep and loving book about this most inspiring, endearing, and influential musician and human being'”

–George Winston – pianist

NEW LESSONS for March 2010

NEW LESSON MATERIAL & VIDEO posted at for March 2010.    Among other goodies, I’ve chosen some harmonic and melodic patterns to experiment with, one possible approach to the  improvisational  skills that Ted developed!  Plus theses patterns are useful for developing many other techniques, it may be worthwhile to take a peek at the posts. Yes?   Enjoy!

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Greetings to all!

February 26, 2010 1 comment

Welcome to the Official Ted Greene Archives Blog.

Here you will discover another connection to the legacy of Legendary Jazz Guitarist Ted Greene (The Chord Chemist).  This is one of many paths where you can begin to become familiar with the music, spirit and philosophy of one of the most revered and beloved musicians that chanced to grace the Earth.

Please feel free to explore all the options and, if you wish, a comment is always appreciated!

And don’t forget to visit:
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Ted Greene Forums

TedGreeneArchives on YouTube