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KirkLorange

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Hi, fellow Ted Greene enthusiast. My name is Kirk and I only recently 'discovered' Ted's videos online. I have, of course, heard about him for decades and his books, but his actual playing just blew me away. What a master, and the way he carries on conversations while playing is ... well, astonishing. I've been playing for 53 years and I still talk 'in time' if I'm playing.

I'm not a jazz player as such, I'm more of a blues slide guitarist, but I've always heard jazz. The tune below I would heard from the womb. My dad was a huge big band fan. I arrange these by ear and you'll hear that I rarely get too frilly about them, my chords are for the most part pretty straight forward.  At 64, I'm keen on learning more through Ted's material. 

Here is Begin the Beguine

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Hi Kirk, 
Welcome to Ted's Internet "family."
I enjoyed your video - nice tone and feeling.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see more of you around these parts.....

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KirkLorange

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Thanks, Paul... you wouldn't be a Montrealer by any chance, would you?
KirkLorange

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Thanks, BLC. I do love these old tunes and I love coming up with different fingerstyle arrangements for them. My late dad's all time favorite was Stardust Melody and I had fun one afternoon a while back doing this 'self-quartet'. Again, this is just my hearing of the chord structure. I usually listen to a couple of versions -- the ones my dad had in his vast record collection -- and sort of work out a hybrid arrangement that way, listening for chord flavors, bass lines and harmony lines. I wish I'd watched the meters a bit more closely and tidied up some of the takes, but when you video, you can't drop in on any mistakes. I had to get four takes right through. The main thing for me is the feel and I'm fairly happy with that.

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Nope, not Montreal, but I have some relatives in MN, NY, NJ, and VT.
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KirkLorange

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Aha...avery French Canadian name ... so is Lorange, of course. My dad was from Montreal, brought up in Detroit. I moved to Australia in 1975.
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Sweet music - I love how you honor your pops...
TLerch

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I like the solo piece very much, the melody is given its due and the inner lines and time feel are really well done, thanks for sharing.

all the best 
 Tim
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Kirk, that is a gorgeous, singing sound you get out from the Dobro!
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KirkLorange

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Kirk, that is a gorgeous, singing sound you get out from the Dobro!

Thanks, Dan. It's a beautiful warm resonator, that one. It was hand made by a friend of mine down here in Oz by the name of Michael Palm. It was his first attempt at a resonator. He also made the acoustic I strum in the video, another gorgeous instrument.
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