How to Play from a Real Book - Sheet Music Plus

The crux of the matter is that the Real Book is essentially a musical crutch.

The Real Book: Sixth Edition

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  • Since the 1970s, The Real Book has been the most popular book for gigging jazz musicians. Hal Leonard is proud to publish completely legal and legitimate editions of the original volumes as well as exciting new volumes to carry on the tradition to new generations of players in all styles of music! All the Real Books feature hundreds of time-tested songs in accurate arrangements in the famous easy-to-read, hand-written notation with comb-binding.

    Thousands of musicians have the Real Book and most of these musicians are using it to perform in front of audiences. As a result, every player that is using a book is limited to the same finite number of tunes contained in that book. Go to any jam session in any city and you’ll hear the same three dozen tunes performed in roughly the same way.

  • Thousands of musicians have the Real Book and most of these musicians are using it to perform in front of audiences. As a result, every player that is using a book is limited to the same finite number of tunes contained in that book. Go to any jam session in any city and you’ll hear the same three dozen tunes performed in roughly the same way.

    I’ll admit- I totally was inspired by the Lolita clutch Natalie Portman was sporting at the Black Swan opening by Olympia Le-Tan (her book clutches, however, are not real books and are completely hand-embroidered amazingly beautiful and about $2,000). I mean, who wouldn’t be? I make hollow books. This was just a project begging for me to put my spin on it. And I did.

    LMI-Partitions (french language only) : 3-5 daysThe Real Christmas Book27.38 EUR - Ships from France
    Di-arezzo : 3-5 daysThe Real Christmas Book27.40 EUR - Ships from France

  • Musicroom FR : In StockThe Real Christmas Book - B Flat Edition25.95 EUR - Ships from France
    LMI-Partitions (french language only) : 3-5 daysThe Real Christmas Book27.38 EUR - Ships from France
    Di-arezzo : 3-5 daysThe Real Christmas Book27.40 EUR - Ships from France

    All musicians should be able to sit down at the keyboard and make sense of a tune. With that goal in mind, every instrumentalist and singer can profit from this book. It covers many techniques for exploring, understanding, and performing the songs found in real books. You will learn how to analyze the form and harmonic structure, insert an introduction, interpret the melody, improvise on the chords, construct bass lines, voice the chords, add substitutions, and much more. Offering a theory-based approach, it addresses many aspects of solo and small band performance that can improve your own playing and your understanding of what others are doing around you. Playing from a real book is all about options. The material presented here will offer you a full range of techniques that you can put to use right away.

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Maybe you already have the vintage paperback Real Book from yesteryear.

So what?

It's time for you to leave the 70's behind and catch up to the 21st century!

Forget about paper - it's time to get digital.(After all, it's pretty likely that your old paper copy is pretty beat up by now)!