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The Real Christmas Book: C Edition [Kindle Edition]

Hal Leonard
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

(Fake Book). The Christmas collection that all jazz cats will want in their stocking! This unique fake book features 150 custom arrangements of carols and contemporary holiday songs featuring sophisticated jazz chord changes in the popular, user-friendly Real Book format. Players will enjoy putting the cool back into these Christmas classics: All I Want for Christmas Is You * Auld Lang Syne * Baby, It's Cold Outside * Blue Christmas * The Chipmunk Song * Christmas Time Is Here * Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy * Happy Holiday * Here Comes Santa Claus * I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day * I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm * It Must Have Been the Mistletoe * It's Christmas in New York * Joy to the World * What Child Is This? * Last Christmas * Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! * Mister Santa * Santa Baby * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Silver and Gold * Silver Bells * Somewhere in My Memory * What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? * You're All I Want for Christmas * and more.


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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 25267 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Spi edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007F86DVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Changes November 5, 2010
Format:Plastic Comb
This is a jazzer's book! This book has fewer titles and a higher price than the other Christmas fake books. I believe this is because the others probably include the traditional simple changes (or chords) associated with the carols. Since the carols make up a sizeable portion of any Christmas songbook, and since they are public domain, this makes the price of these other books cheaper. Each carol in this edition is arranged and is therefore not a publisher's freebie.

The Real Christmas Book has a simple jazz reharmonization for all of the traditional carols, and in my opinion, this makes it well worth the money. Understand that the Real Book series is a jazz musician's series and if you're not looking to play jazz the other Christmas fake books such as Carol Cueller's The Christmas Fake Book or the Ultimate Christmas Fake Book will probably be easier to play from and provide a better per-song value.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Real Christmas Book December 16, 2008
Format:Plastic Comb|Verified Purchase
A good variety of Christmas songs, but like the original Real Book it is sloppy. A lot of the chord substitutions are boring or bad. Key signatures are only on the first staff. But you will find some tunes you won't see anywhere else. It's good to have in the arsenal, but there are better books such as the Christmas Fake Book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy with the Kindle version. October 2, 2012
By Valerie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was happy to see a Christmas Real Book with contemporary christmas songs but I'm sorely disapointed at the Kindle version. They didn't bother to format it for Kindle. So I basically have a book with tons of half even quarter pages. A song that should be one page long is 4 half pages long. That's especially inconvenient if your actually using this book to read music as your playing because you have to turn it every 4 staves. Very upset and I'm going to see if I can get my money back for it. If you're a musician reading this book to perform, even just practice, Don't Buy It for Kindle! Just wait for a physical copy to come in the mail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition - Poor investment June 14, 2012
By Dino
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Unless there is a better way to paginate the Kindle edition - do not bother.
I purchased the Kindle edition to put it on my iPad.
Very few songs can be read on one page.
Only three or four staves appear in one panel.
I have tried changing the font, putting the viewer on two pages, and no option to date has been acceptable.
If you want the book, get a hard copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good selection, decent harmonizations January 7, 2009
By ifjake
Format:Plastic Comb
this is a fun book that allowed me to quickly play some christmas tunes without having to sit down and figure out the harmonies. it's got all the traditional tunes and a ton of great cheesy stupid pop christmas tunes. fun stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version DEFECTIVE!!!! September 6, 2012
By Mario
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Kindle version is defective. The pages are all split up into weird blocks. I have other Kindle Real books that are fine but this is not. DO NOT BUY KINDLE VERSION!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great edition, but far from complete December 14, 2013
Format:Plastic Comb|Verified Purchase
I always iike the easy to use format of these real books and I can count on good chord choices. I actually tried to order it as a IPad download but got the hard copy instead. I guess you don't have the Bb version in this format. I was disappointed that a number of christmas classics were not included. Art
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New jazz reharmonizations, a few important songs missing. November 27, 2010
Format:Plastic Comb
This book is excellent!
If you are looking for traditional sounding Christmas tunes, this book is not for you, you should purchase this other excellent Christmas fake book:
The Ultimate Christmas Fake Book: for Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Electronic Keyboard and All C Instruments (Fake Books)

"The Real Christmas Book" contains new re-harmonized jazz versions of many of the most popular Christmas songs. The songs are presented in large easy to read, "Real Book" type set with lyrics. The new harmonizations are excellent!

Unfortunately a few Christmas standards are missing, specifically these songs are not in the book:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Little Drummer Boy
Sleigh Ride
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland

"White Christmas" is missing from a Christmas jazz book??????? Shame on you Hal Leonard!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas arrangements for instrumental piano or vocals
I like these arrangements! They keep the traditional to a point but add enough chord substitutions to make it sound "jazzy. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr Stephen T Short
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Good song selection but some of the changes are a bit overboard.
Published 3 days ago by ogm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christmas book for any jazz pianist
Excellent Christmas book for any jazz pianist. Good jumping off point for improvisation. Any player who is familiar with the Real Book series will be able to play from The Real... Read more
Published 3 days ago by K. Marc Hoffman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
It's a must for the Christmas gig but while the book has a lot of Christmas tunes both traditional and popular, it lacks some of the most popular tunes. Read more
Published 6 days ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what the Dr ordered!!
Published 6 days ago by AG IN Sac
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book with changes that work. Don't have to pluck out a cool way to play these tunes out of a piano sheet.
Published 16 days ago by David Klingensmith
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a music teacher, Real Book I ...
If you are a music teacher, Real Book I II and II, The Real Standards book and The Real Christmas Book should be in your arsenal.
Published 24 days ago by berge3k
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book! love it. handy to have all my favorite Christmas songs together like this!
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
Love the book!!!
It was delivered without delay and I've had nothing but enjoyment playing the Christmas classics I love the most. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thomas A. Kispert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have a book with all the Christmas songs ...
Great to have a book with all the Christmas songs arranged with a jazz flair. Can't wait to the holidays to play these songs.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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