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Paul McEvoy


Baltimore, USA
Post  Posted 29 Jul 2020 3:13 pm    
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Just wondering, I think the answer is probably no BUT

I've been recently working with Ted Greene style chord diagrams on the armpit guitar for doing arrangements of jazz tunes. I tried them maybe 5 years ago and found them totally confusing, but now they make total sense and my understanding of the fretboard has increased markedly (I'm usually a slow learner but this one went straight to overdrive).

If you're not familiar with them, they are basically a standard chord diagram with additional symbols that indicate melody notes. It shows the melody overlayed on a chord that really hints at what it's like to actually play the guitar.

I was just wondering if there's any equivalent on the non-pedal side? I always see the 6 string tab kind of thing, and that works fine, but I was wondering if there are any alternate ways of notating that have advantages.

For me the really nice part about the Ted Greene stuff is in making my own arrangements, I've been able to arrange somewhat complicated stuff that for whatever reason I wouldn't have attempted with regular tab or staff notation.

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Andrew Frost

Toronto, Ontario
Post  Posted 29 Jul 2020 9:05 pm    
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Paul, that approach makes alot of sense. This sort of diagram notation is similar..

By the way, I love Ted Greene's playing.
So much passion, insight and style.

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