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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.
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  • Series: Real Books (Hal Leonard) (Book 1)
  • Plastic Comb: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 6th edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634060759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634060755
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have found Amazon.com very good at delivering books very promptly and at very good prices which is why I use them as my primary vendor. I'm going to offer some final thoughts on the Real Book Series. The Hal Leonard Corp has endeavoured to produce a legitimate Real book for Jazz Musicians. As previously mentioned it's not perfect but neither was the 5th edition, and no doubt in a few years time we will see a 7th edition but for now I'll make do with the 6th edition. I have purchased all 3 volumes in B Flat, E Flat, Bass Clef and C Concert. Here is what I note about the new Hal Leonard volumes, there are 143 tunes missing from volume 1, 170 missing from volume 2 and 159 missing from volume 3. That's 472 tunes in total missing in comparison to the earlier 5th Edition (Volume 4 perhaps?) but to counter this loss Hal leonard have added about 508 totally new tunes so its not a complete disaster (new numbers include some very nice classics such as `Nuages', `Night in Tunisia', `Beyond the Sea', `Jump, Jive & Wail' and so on. I'd say their is about 3 dozen classic standards missing from the new edition numbers such as `The Shadow of your smile' vol 1, `Sweet Georgia Brown', `Blue Moon' vol 2 and `Stars fell on Alabama' vol 3. These are personal favourites so these are going to be loose sheets at the back of the new real book. I count approx 1360 tunes in the present Real Book series so plenty to be working on and still a good selection of standards to choose from.Read more ›
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It's about time someone attempted to publish a 'legal' version of the 'illegal' Real Book, the standard text that virtually all jazz musicians use to enable them to play together. But it's unfortunate that Hal Leonard was the company to do it, because they still have not gotten it right. For those that don't know, rumour has it that the original Real Book (editions 1 thru 5) were originally created by music students at the legendary Berklee School Of Music, who began transcribing the heads (melodies)and chord progressions of the jazz standards that they most often played and binding them into a book that they xeroxed and shared amongst each other. The only problem is that they never got permission from the composers/publishers of the music and consequently never paid any royalties to said composers/publishers.

When comparing the 'illegal' 5th edition of the Real Book to the new 'legal' 6th edition, the first thing you notice is that several songs are missing from Hal Leonard's 6th edition. I assume that's because Leonard & Co. was not able to get the rights for some songs, or couldn't get them at a rate that would still allow them to achieve the profit margin they were shooting for. Though disappointing, that's perfectly understandable.

However, what I can't understand is why they decided to publish several songs in different keys than they were originally presented in the 5th edition. Yes, John Coltrane originally recorded "Equinox" in the key of concert C#, but for years it's been played by what what must be millions of jazz players the world over in the key of C, as it appeared in the original Real Book. Instead of following what the 5th edition did, Leonard chose to publish it in C# in the new 6th edition.
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Fake books are a dime a dozen. I've seen many of them with really poor melodic transcriptions and others that even had wrong chords. I'm not even a working musician and can tell you there's nothing worse than hearing yourself playing something different from the original recordings and not begin able identify the exact chord. "Real Books" are a step above and beyond when it comes to fake books. This edition is very extensive (updated with tons of charts from the Jazz giants) and best of all, it's completely legal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I had previously bought the Bb book, which is also legal, and wanted to get this one to complement the first and I'm glad I did. My edition if half the size of the Bb book, but the print is still easy to read. A+
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By Mizal on January 9, 2013
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Good book, good price. I would recommend that once you decide on what you want to play, that you copy the piece fromt the book instead of hauling it around with you. The cover comes off fairly easily with frequent use.
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By goodsax on December 28, 2012
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This was my first time, it was easy , I'll be using this service again, price was good, and got it faster than I thought I would.
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Just getting into it. I'm a advanced beginner with no huge expectations, so this will last me for the rest of my life I think.
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I thought this book was great. I've brought it on quite a few pay gigs, and the other guys I sat in with (except one) were playing out of THIS book. It's legal... can't beat that. It also has most of the songs all the other ones did with very very few changes. There is no problem changing a few of the chords here and there to make them like the old real books if you are an old real book purist, but mark my words... this LEGAL real book is the book everyone will be playing out of in 5 years. Happy playing.
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