guitar chord/fingerings a la "Ted Greene"

• Dec 4, 2011 - 11:47
S5 - Suggestion

I personally find useful to write little "Ted Greene style" diagrams next to the chord symbols, to remind me a particular finering for a chord progression or passage.
It's based on he usual "grid" chord schema, with the possibility to use dots, squares and triangles (filled and/or just borders) that briefly indicate the note (and finger) sequence in the diagram (e.g., first all the full dots, then the white squares, then the triangles, etc...)
In this way Ted Greene was able to outline fingering details that often on a regular score is quite difficult to render (and read)
An example (using only two symbols, blak and white dots):

The possibility to insert graphic images could be a workaround, but a native way to manage those diagrams would be a real plus (at least for guitarists like me..)


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The "Ted Greene" notation is a bit more complex than the usual chord diagrams, although very similar.
here is another example of a solo guitar arrangement (you can find many more at Ted Greene's website).…

These diagrams condense more than a single note to play.
Two main differences are:
1) the possibility to draw more than one marker on the same string
2) the use of different shapes for the markers

Ted coded the playing sequence in his diagrams. First the black dots, then the "X", then the white squares, etc...
Usually having two or three different markers is enough, but in some particular case I saw more of them. I think I've seen black and white dots, squares, triangles, and the "X"...

EDIT: and the markers could be overlapping. If a note in the diagram is played again, the marker could be a black dot inside a white square...

This is for the most similar feature of the diagram.

In addition, there are
1) the symbols used at the bottom of the diagram, one per string, sometimes used to indicate the grade of the note played (R, b3, #9, etc..),
2) text on top of the diagram, usually to notate the chord played.

I hope my explaining was sufficient.
feel free to ask, if something is still not clear

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Fine. It looks very particular though. Let see if someone wants to pick it up. Not sure how useful it would be for the general public...

Surely is a specific request, useful for a restricted group of solo guitar players (although Ted Greene was a big name for guitar harmony).
But I hope it can be (easily?) built as some extension of the existing chord diagram software...

anyway, thanks for getting my request.
You're doing a great work.

@Thomas: thank you