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Hi guys, I wanted to post this compilation of Ted's arrangement before Christmas.  I wasn't able to finish it in time to be included with the December monthly new items, so here it is a little late. --Paul

Jingle Bells (re-harmonized)

Ted Greene Arrangement – 1985, December

This arrangement was made by Ted upon request of a student who wanted a “jazz version” of the song to play with his trio.  I’m not sure why the original page looks as is does—it may have been the result of a couple of different sessions, and the comments on the bottom of the page seem to indicated that Ted finished it outside of the lesson and then perhaps mailed it to the student.  Anyway, it’s an interesting take on an old standard Christmas song that I think you’ll like.

For the first 8 chords Ted wrote only the chord name with the soprano melody note (example:  Gmaj7\D — any G major 7th chord with a D [5th] on top.)  In my compilation pages I went ahead and added some simple chords diagrams (in red) for those in which Ted didn’t draw.  Feel free to substitute any other chord form of your choice. 

I also made new diagrams for the chords in first portion of this arrangement, rather than import Ted’s originals—the reason for this is simply because in this case Ted’s diagrams are rather difficult to read, and for sake of clarity I felt it was better to re-draw them.  Please refer to Ted’s page so you can see the original diagrams and compare.  For the diagrams on the second portion of the arrangement I shortened the grids to a span of 5 frets, rather than the extra long 8-fret grids.  Again, please compare Ted’s original to mine if you’re concerned that I may have changed anything.

At the end of the first ending I added a D11 chord, because it seemed necessary to bring it back to the top.  I also included a D13 chord at the end of the second ending to accommodate the melody note that Ted skipped here.  Use any D dominant chord of your own choosing for either of these if you don’t care for my choice.  

Ted added a couple of melody notes on the second measure of the second ending.  I included these in the notation in blue, plus added his comment: “C# D notes.”  You can play the standard D note by itself as written or use Ted’s variation as you wish.  (I like his variation.)

Ted didn’t give names to several of the chord diagrams in the second portion of the arrangement, so I went ahead and added the names in red.

And I added a simple G chord at the final ending in order to complete the arrangement—you may wish to spice up the ending with something else of your own creation, or perhaps segue into another song.

The fingering for the D11/13 chords at the top of page 2 of my compilation is:  3,4,2,1,1 — this requires the use of the George Van Eps Fifth Finger technique:  catch the note on the first string with the side of the first finger leaning backwards. 

Hope you enjoy playing this arrangement.
Merry Christmas!

Update:  The files have been moved to the "From Students" sections:


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Wow, what a wonderful gift.  Thank you Paul.

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Paul, YOU are a very special gift to this website! Thank you for giving  so much to share with everyone.  Barbara

Barbara Franklin

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I agree with Barbara -- thank you so much for this gift at just the right time!

M Semmler

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Hope you guys liked this arrangement of Ted's.
Interesting thing about this is that it was written for one of Ted's students named Richard.  I'm pretty sure it was an old friend of mine from my 1978-79 GIT days, Richard Hastings. At that time he was an excellent classical guitarist and wanted to learn jazz, rock, pop, etc.  We were partners in some of the music performance classes and he was a fast learner and picked up improvisation and the whole "jazz mind-set" much more quickly than many persons schooled in classical music.  Years later I saw him performing with a jazz trio at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. He was playing a nylon-string and they sounded great.  I just recently discovered that after GIT, like me, he studied privately with Ted. 
Small world!

My compilation files of Ted's arrangement for this song have been moved to the "From Students" section:
If you didn't have time to get this arrangement down for last Christmas, then print it out and have it ready for next year!

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