Bach would be re-written for guitar, along with useful analysis applicable to any musical setting, such as Jazz and other styles. While somewhat rare, he would also make occasional live appearances in clubs in the San Fernando Valley, usually playing a Fender Telecaster. Greene typically worked as an accompanist behind vocalists, because he found group settings restrictive. While he was a sought-after session player, he derived much of his income from tutoring, ultimately writing four books on the subject: Chord Chemistry, Modern Chord Progressions: Jazz and Classical Voicings for Guitar, and the two-volume Jazz Guitar: Single Note Soloing. His playing style included techniques such as harp-like harmonic arpeggios, combined with gentle, tasteful neck vibrato,creating a "shimmer" to his sound. Other notable techniques included playing songs with a "walking bass" line with simultaneous melodies. Greene used counterpoint to improvise in a variety of styles, such as playing a jazz standard such as Autumn Leaves in Baroque style.
He used a large variety of chord voicings, often creating the effect of two simultaneous players. He recorded one album "Solo Guitar" in 1977, and although respected by guitarists, he was not well known to the public. The recording, which was originally released in 1977 on PMP Records contains no "over dubbing" (multiple track recording). Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai has praised Greene's musical knowledge and perceptiveness on this recording, stating that Greene "...is totally in touch with the potential of harmonic constructions" which allows him to create an "...organic and inspired listening delight." Josh Gordon from Just Jazz Guitar Magazine stated that the recording has a "...feeling of perfect proportion" and a "full spectrum of emotion and harmonic vision." Steven Rosenberg from the Los Angeles Daily Newspaper stated that "Greene managed to raise the bar for solo guitar." Greene helped Fender design a 1952 Telecaster vintage reissue (their first such reissue) by making reference to his collection of old Telecasters, Broadcasters and Nocasters. Greene died in his apartment in Encino, of a heart attack at age 58.
Over 700 of his friends, former students and other musicians attended his memorial. Ted is survived by his long time life partner and soulmate, Barbara Franklin who is organizing and archiving his written notes on music and guitar playing. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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