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The Real Book: Bass Clef, Sixth Edition Plastic Comb – July 1, 2005


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Sample Music Notation [29kb PDF]
  • Plastic Comb: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Bass clef edition edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634060767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634060762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A MUST have book for jazz players.
vandamage
No damage when i took it out of the box and it has held up for me great these past months!
Allen John Brown
To improvise on any tunes you will need to know the melody from this book.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2009
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If you want to play jazz, you must have this book. It's just that simple. If you only have money for one book, this should be it. To take advantage of this book, you must be able to read bass clef and you must be able to understand chord notation.

If you go to any jazz open jam, you'll see people these real books. The horn players will have the Eb or Bb ones, piano guys will have the C one, singers will have the one with the lyrics on it. Once on the bandstand, you will hear someone saying "Let's play the tune XYZ on page 123". You will open this book and glance through the changes. With some study, you will know what to do, even if you never saw the tune before.

But to do this you'll need this book. To improvise on any tunes you will need to know the melody from this book. It is also great for practise reading.

You can recognize the guys that practise a lot when you see their real books are falling apart.

I saw some people with the xerox copy of this. Call me naive, but if you consider how many authors spent their lifetime writing these songs, it is well worth the thirty bucks or so that Amazon charges for it. Also, I get paid to play these tunes. Why shouldn't the authors or their estates get paid as well? At least this is how I feel.

This is a must have.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. DiPietro on December 28, 2010
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This is an excellent book, and you can't beat the Amazon price. I paid full cover price (50% more) at a local music shop. As far as content goes, what you see is what you get with this book.

Caveat: As someone new to jazz, I assumed the bass clef edition meant I would get the bass line (I play bass guitar). But instead it is the melody, shown in bass clef. Since the melody line is not usually played by bass guitar, it doesn't do much for me. Instead I rely on the chords, which are clearly shown, and improvise walking bass lines based on the chords.

Comment: As a beginner to jazz, I don't have a band that is willing to allow me to practice with them. So my recommendation to Hal Leonard is to offer a "deluxe" version of this book that includes a couple "play-along" CD's.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Paul on November 1, 2009
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Great book of jazz charts; if you're a multi-instrumentalist more comfortable reading in treble clef then you might be better off getting that edition as the bass clef edition has the same charts transposed into bass clef without any additional bass lines written.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carl Querfurth on March 22, 2011
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I thought this would be better. It is very clumsy on my iPad. My PDF files work smoothly. They made such an issue of copyright info on each song. The music doesn't seem to have a "fit to page" so you have to adjust them each time. It isn't catalogued... I could go on but I'd rather spend my time converting my hard copy (which I bought for $40) to PDF. Please upgrade these books Mr. Leonard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shewhorn on May 23, 2014
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The formatting for the Kindle is just flat out awful. An example...

The Song Is You

On the first page there are 24 bars.
On the second page there are... well there's no music but instead the second page displays a copyright notice and the rest is blank.
On the third page you have 32 more bars.

WTF? This is what the whole book is like. It's only useful if the entire tune fits within 24 bars, otherwise forget it. If you're playing you'd have to swipe once, wait for it to redraw, and then swipe a second time before you could get to the second page of the music. And what if there's a D.S. or a coda you need to jump to? It's quite obvious that whomever developed The Real Book for the Kindle doesn't have a musical bone in their body. No gigging musician would have ever let this version see the light of day.

The contents, if you can call it that, is also pretty terrible. Oh wait... WHAT CONTENTS? Yeah, that's right, click on contents and you get NOTHING. The only thing you can do is click on "go to beginning". You'd think that might at least bring you to the content. NOPE. It brings you to African Flower. The option for "table of contents" is greyed out. I liked the idea of having the Real Book on my Kindle and iPad but... just skip this one and stick with the hard copy. I can't see how this could be used in live performance. It takes too long to get to a song (the book version is much faster), and the layout is so bad that it's not useful for live performance.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick Q on December 24, 2008
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I recently purchased this edition of the classic Real Book and I have to say that I was definetly pleased. I play bass, and I grew tired of just reading chords so I decided to start experimenting with playing jazz melodies. This book contains so many songs and is very helpful when trying to learn a new song. The only setback that the book has is that a few select songs from the "illegal" fifth edition aren't included. But this book is by far better than the fifth edtion in so many ways especially that the musicians that wrote the songs aren't being stolen from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sanford Orenstein on January 21, 2014
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I'm still searching for digital versions of RB1 6th & RB 2 2nd editions that display both pages of a 2 page chart. The feature is touted in the Preface of the paper edition! With Kindle Reader you are SOL, the pagination is wrong & 2 page charts always start on the right hand page. Not good!
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