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