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The Beatles Fake Book: C Edition (Fake Books) Plastic Comb – July 1, 1987
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I agree though, great book, in that it's a great way to have all of their stuff for under forty bucks. I suppose you could go for "The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook" if you're thrown by standard notation conventions, but this book is spiral bound and lays better than that one. It's not perfect -- in classic Hal Leonard fashion, intros to many songs are missing (anything from a few measures, as in "And I Love Her," to an entire progression and melody, as in "I Am The Walrus"). I think the BEST fake books I've seen have been "The Real Rock Book" vol 1 & 2, and "Just Classic Rock Real Book" The Real Rock Book: C Instruments Vol. 1 https://www.amazon.com/Real-Rock-Book-2/dp/1423438531/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465883347&sr=1-2&keywords=Real+Rock+Book https://www.amazon.com/Just-Classic-Revised-Fakebook-Books/dp/0739039431/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465883347&sr=1-3&keywords=Real+Rock+Book ... those tend to include intros, endings, and other instrumental details that are important for the song (this Beatles book has a few, but not most). For any Beatles fan / musician, The Beatles Fake Book is one of two publications I own that collect every song, and serves as an excellent companion to the other: The Beatles Complete Scores. I like to cross-reference between the two when necessary. The Beatles: Complete Scores (Transcribed Score)
However, the "Sample Music Notation" displayed to show what the music will look like is not accurate. The Sample is written in a bubbly and handwritten style, similar to the traditional jazz "Real Book." In fact, this book is presented in common print form, with the name of the chords above a guitar chord diagram (guitarists being just that dumb apparently, as opposed to the other C instruments this book is advertised to). Below the chord symbols is the staff with the melody written in Treble clef, and the lyrics below.
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