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Ted Greene Arrangement - 1985, December
Compilation pages by Paul Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheets
JingleBells_reharmonized_Ted Greene_12-00-1985.pdf

Compilation Pages
JingleBells_reharmonized_Ted Greene_notes_grids.pdf

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!

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