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Ted’s Arrangement, with compilation pages by Paul Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheet

My compilation pages, changes and comparisons

Here is Ted's very beautiful arrangement of "The Christmas Song"—better known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Written and performed by Mel Torme and later made popular by Nat King Cole, it has become a modern Christmas classic.

Ted wrote his version in music notation only, and included fret position numbers for the chords.  Based upon this I drew TG-style chord diagrams using Ted's method of dots, X's, squares, and ties, and I also added the chord names.  I then transferred his notation into a music writing program and added the chord boxes along with the lyrics.

I hope this makes it easier to learn and play this well-loved Christmas song.
Enjoy...and Happy Holidays!

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