Friday, October 26, 2007

The Ted Greene page is really coming along

I haven't been over to the Ted Greene page lately, but it has a whole lot more content than the last time I checked. The site has a bit of a strange design -- you need to click a few more times than you'd think, but it's very much worth it.

There's lots of audio and video, plus quite a few lesson sheets and tunes in PDF form. Even though this stuff is on the Web, I'd love to see some released in book and CD/DVD form.

Barbara, if you see this, you are doing a great job.

3 comments:

Barbara Franklin said...

Hi Steven!
Wow! I haven't been to your blog for a while & today I thought, OK let's check this site and it is the SAME DAY you decided to post something new!
Thanks so much visiting Ted's site and also for the kind words.
As for the "stranage" design", I didn't even know it was strange. I guess one must "click" a few times but I am still lacking in the computer knowledge department. In fact, never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd EVER have a website! I much prefer playing the piano!
However, the site is coming along slowly, it is still a work in progress, but also a labor of love.
As for publishing anything, Ted swore he'd never let anyone publish his material again, therefore to honor his desire I someday will self-publish. In the mean time - at least there's the site.
By the way Steven, Ted once said, even if you play just 5 mins. a day, that becomes 35 mins. a week, etc. and you're bound to get something out of that! Maybe you can find just 5 mins.?

Thanks again for thinking of Ted.
Sincerely,
Barbara Franklin

Steven Rosenberg said...

Barbara, thanks for such kind words.

johnmarch said...

For Ted fans:
a message about music, art, life and the late Ted Greene;

http://www.zenbluesmusic.com/tedgreenetribute.html

I had the great good fortune to know and study with Ted Greene for almost twenty years. Ted was the ultimate music and guitar teacher. He was known around the world as a true master of the Guitar, and for his innovative Harmonic style of solo guitar. To hear Ted play was a unique and rare opportunity to hear something extraordinarily beautiful. Every guitar player, young or old, famous or just starting out, wanted to study with him, and he always had a kind word and an enthusiastic response for every person he met. He was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever had the privilege to know. He was also absolutely one of the best musicians I have ever known. A true Zen master of music. His untimely passing left a hole in my musical universe.

Ted's great gift was not just music and these amazing arrangements, but his ability to teach and inspire with compassion, enthusiasm and clarity for all of his students. These qualities are what I remember and cherish most. It is rare to even just meet someone like that, let alone be afforded the opportunity to study with someone that generous of spirit.

I am proud to have been Ted's student. I will let the music speak for itself, in gratitude to my teacher and my friend.
This project, is a tribute to my teacher, but is dedicated to my son Jesse, who inspires me every day to be a better human being.
John March 2010

Please visit the site, and invite others to visit the site here at:

http://www.zenbluesmusic.com/tedgreenetribute.html

Please feel free to pass along this letter and this link to those who you think might enjoy the music.


“This project is the culmination of a long and arduous mission, the result of a student’s reverence and dedication to his beloved teacher and mentor, Ted Greene. John March has accomplished the goals he set out for himself by paying a musical tribute to Ted and his works, for the many gifts of learning about music, life, and in fact himself, that were bestowed upon him during the many years Ted graced his life. Ted’s influence and spirit are subtly reflected throughout John’s interpretations of the beautiful pieces of music he chose to share with others. Within each piece of music, the process of John’s growth as a musician and a person is evident. John overcame the most challenging obstacles to attain, what I feel, is a true expression of Ted’s spirit, in capturing and immortalizing the inherent beauty and delicate nuance in Ted’s wonderful solo guitar arrangements of standards, as well as displaying some unique qualities, born from John’s history of playing the music of the blues. Finally, and most honorable, are John’s intentions for creating this project. I know in my heart that Ted would be so proud of him. May it go forth into the world and work its magic with my blessings.”
Barbara Franklin - Ted's Life partner and Author of My Life with The Chord Chemist: A Memoir of Ted Greene, Apotheosis of Solo Guitar

All recordings and performance rights are the property of John March and Shunyata music publishing™, all rights reserved. "A student's tribute to Ted Greene", Copyright© March 24th 2010. Duplication, distribution, broadcast and re-use of any kind, is by permission only.