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I had a dream this morning about Ted. We were listening to someone lecture about music and all of us were outside. He was sitting on a curb behind a box car or circus train car so he wasn't well seen by others there. I went over to him to ask him something about some chord or other. Instead I asked him, "I like to analyze Bach chorales for fun sometimes. Do you ever do that?" And he said, "Sure. But I like to use the autographs." He meant that he used photocopies of the autographs in Bach's hand rather than printed music. He brought over some really large pages and I thought he was going to show me some of his Bach analysis but instead it was a really funny story/cartoon that he had written. It was all in red ink using a very fine point pen. It started with narrative in his cursive handwriting. Then it had a beautiful detailed drawing that he had made. Then it had lots of black and white pictures cut out of newspapers with cartoon bubbles drawn by him having characters say funny things. It began with "for …" and there was a woman's name to whom he had dedicated it. It was very creative and funny. I hadn't read very far when I woke up.
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Seems like a delightful and vivid dream James! and somewhat plausible.  I love having "Ted dreams" but then I don't want to wake up.  Many times the dreams are SO REAL too.  Thanks for sharing that.   Barbara

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I've also had a couple of dreams with Ted in them and often have inner discussions with him, asking him what he thinks about such and such... or what would he have played in a given place.  I always find it highly amusing how in the Mark Levy lessons he's always referring to himself or Mark in the third person. Those lessons also make me appreciate how funny he was. Sometimes I just have to laugh out loud with some of the stuff on the tapes.
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Mike, I still talk to Ted all the time, (out loud) about almost everything. Barbara

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I had another dream about Ted this morning.  He was showing me chords on his tele that I couldn't quite understand.  Somehow they were related to the ideal gas law in chemistry: PV = nRT.  They related to the right side of the equation and R meant root.  He also had other subtractions in there and would change certain variables and get different chords.  I almost but couldn't quite follow what he was playing and saying.
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James,
Interesting.  Are you sure that PV = nRT doesn't stand for:  Paul V. = no Real Training ?

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LOL
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I had another dream about Ted.  This time he was trying to teach me V - I chord progressions where the V chord was an altered dominant.  He was explaining how these progressions could be used to score humorous Star Trek TV episodes.  I wasn't comprehending what he was teaching, my brain clouded over with the silliness of Star Trek episodes.

Later I woke up for a moment or two and would think through various dominant seventh chords.  Ted often uses dominant seventh chords that have the 3rd and b7th in the lower two voices, for example in some of his Blues sheets.  I was mentally building and resolving such chords and then falling back to sleep.  So maybe his teaching finally got through a little.

An interesting sheet where Ted characterizes such dominants with curious descriptions like "angular" or "tangy" is:
http://www.tedgreene.com/images/lessons/v_system/V-2_OverviewOf1stInverDomsOnTop4Strings_1986-02-19.pdf
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Thank you, James, for the reminder about that great Ted sheet.   The 3rd inversion sheets are great too.  The 3rd and 1st inversion sheets seem compatible.   
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I had another dream about Ted this morning.

I was waiting for a lesson.  I got there a few minutes before the hour. (He always went five or ten minutes past the hour with the previous student.)  He was teaching the student in a kind of kitchen area.  There was another student playing in a booth with the door closed and on the door was a knob, like an amplifier knob, and it was set at zero and didn't do anything when I turned it.  He finished with the student he was teaching at about quarter after the hour.  I thought he had seen me come in and would get to me but I kept waiting until 30 or 35 minutes past the hour.  When I went into the kitchen, he had made himself a sprout sandwich for lunch.  He said we probably wouldn't have a lesson today.  I said that I had arrived before the hour and I thought he had seen me.  He asked if I had been practicing his material.  I said, yes, but somewhat half-heartedly.  He said, well, there's your lesson: try harder.

Then I woke up.
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fantastic!

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I had another dream about Ted this morning.   There were about six or seven of us, in armchairs, listening and watching Ted.  But the others were older people, somewhat overweight, and not very responsive, almost like shadows.  Ted was a younger Ted with a blond tele.  The fingerboard was vertical and on it were little white disks, like the pieces in a Go game.  Somehow they stuck and didn't fall off even though the neck was vertical.  He was talking about minor 6 chords and was showing one on the middle four strings.  He showed another one.  I said, "That's a nice sounding chord."  He said, "It is a nice sounding voicing."  Then he started showing its systematic inversions and the fingerboard with the white disks started moving like a film strip.  Soon the fingerboard strip was moving along showing more and more chords, some I recognized, others I did not.  Chords were showing such as dominants, but with the #5 and b5 indicated as well as the regular 5.  More and more chords with more and more alterations.  I said, "information overload."  He said, "I know, but I have to keep trying."  Taking in more and more and more.  Soon the entire fingerboard was completely covered with the white disks as it continued to flow along.  Then some fret locations were two disks deep and some three disks deep.  Suddenly I was sad and crying because I knew he was gone.  Then I woke up.
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Odd about this, because I also had a dream of Ted last night.  Very simple: I was in his apartment for a lesson and he was basically telling me that he was retiring.  I asked if he had enough money for retirement.  He replied, "Oh, I have plenty."

Also, a few months ago I had another dream of a lesson with Ted.  
I had a pretty vivid dream that I was sitting in some living room with Ted in a guitar lesson.
I had my guitar on, and Ted was noodling.  I mentioned that it would be great if he could record an album of him playing single-line soloing...with a rich tone....lower notes, some octaves...Wes stuff...but not too flashy.  He was smiling and said he liked that idea.
There were a couple of other students coming in for a lesson to follow mine. They both had their lesson sheets in hand, and I could see the pages looked like familiar TG handouts.
I then asked Ted: "Ted, are you pleased with the TedGreene.com website?"
He smiled again and said, "Yes, very pleased."
 
It seemed very real, and it never occurred to me that he was no longer alive in this world.

Call me crazy if you want....

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Well, the meanings of these dreams are pretty transparent.   I need to keep trying to learn more chords and improve and not be overwhelmed by the enormous number of chords, by information overload.

Paul, you need to think about retiring.  And you need to appreciate what an amazing job you have done for well over a decade of intense work on preparing Ted's sheets for tedgreene.com.  He would be very pleased.  And those of us using the site are very pleased.

But do dreams have meanings?  Can anyone else interpret your dreams?  Is Ted visiting us from beyond?  I don't think so.  I tend to be skeptical of woo things like that.  But obviously you dream about things which are part of your life, perhaps in a quite significant way.
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Without dreams ( awake or not ) , life would be sad.
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