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Guitar Techniques - - LESSON: JAZZ -

When you hear about a jazz gui­tarist that can count play­ers such as Shawn Lane, Steve Vai and eric John­son as ded­i­cated fans, then it’s prob­a­bly a good idea to pay at­ten­tion. While Ted Greene never be­came a house­hold name, to those in the know he was a supreme master of har­mony. he had an en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of chords and how to use them and mu­si­cal id­ioms rang­ing from jazz and blues, all the way to Baroque clas­si­cal coun­ter­point. an ex­pert solo jazz gui­tarist, sadly Ted left us just one al­bum af­ter his pre­ma­ture death in 2005 from a heart at­tack. Thank­fully, there’s a legacy of ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial in a se­ries of much-loved books that are es­sen­tial ma­te­rial for any se­ri­ous scholar of jazz guitar.

Born in hol­ly­wood in 1946 and from a mu­sic-lov­ing fam­ily, Ted re­ceived his first guitar aged 11 and im­mersed him­self in rock and roll and rhythm and blues. In his early teens he picked up a job teach­ing guitar at ernie Ball Guitar Stores in La, while study­ing guitar with no­table ed­u­ca­tor Jay Lacy.

he had a vo­ra­cious ap­petite for mu­sic the­ory and an al­most ob­ses­sive at­ten­tion to de­tail. This was bal­anced with an all-

Ted Greene with his beloved early 50s Tele­caster

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