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The Best Fake Book Ever: For Keyboard, Vocal, Guitar, and All "C" Instruments (4th Edition) Plastic Comb – November 1, 1990
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The more you go through this book each time, the more you find yet another delightful piece. It is much more fun and easier to play naturally and improvise rather than sight reading the more difficult piano pieces with two staffs and big chords.
Also, it written for C instruments which is important to remember for piano or guitar players. I mistakenly bought an Eb fake book and that was less natural to play and almost impossible to sing to, and I had to exchange it.
Most times the songs are in the original keys, which is good. Most jazz musicians I know use fake books. Important to note is that all the lyrics seem to be included, because some fake books do not include them all.
It shows guitar and piano chords but not symbols for either one, so if you are not used to playing extended jazzy chords you might find some songs tough going at first and may have to invest in a separate chord book.
The chord changes are beautiful and authentic, and true to the original. I was particularly impressed with the level of detail including note for note transcriptions of classic solos such as In My Life, so you can naturally reproduce the original sound. Some songs include harmony notes which is great for ensemble work.
As for those who say people under forty may not recognise many tunes, these are classics in the rock and standards category. If you really want 80s and 90s music I am sure there are other books for you, but open yourself up to these pieces, and you will enjoy.Read more ›
The book with the RED cover is for C instruments (piano, guitar, harmonica, violin, flute, recorder, oboe, viola).
The book with the GREEN cover is B-Flat instruments (clarinet, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, trumpet, baritone T.C.).
The book with the BLUE cover is for E-Flat instruments (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone).
It is about a level 4-5 on a difficulty scale of 1-10 with 1 being the easiest and 10 being the hardest.
The low star rating, however, is for the song selection and generally hard-to-read (chords are too small, poor use of whitespace, and songs broken awkwardly across pages) typesetting that you find in most Hal Leonard fake books.
music - three-fourths of which were unknown to this over-40
player....way too many Top-40 songlists that do not have the "wearability" of the tried and true standards which the Ultimate Fake Book had. I suppose, nevertheless, that the
songs I glean from this book pay for it considering the cost of sheet music this day and age. I would hate to think that Hal Leonard has already run out of songs to include in these
compilations. Perhaps he should "steal" some songs from his other fake books to publish as the "Best Fake Book Ever", 2nd edition. I would much rather see some classical, jazz, religious, Broadway, and standards mixed together than being bombarded with such inane titles as are found in this book!
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I think the title says it all - the best fake book ever. Very pleased with the purchasePublished 8 hours ago by Don Menard
Disappointed in the selections. The Ultimate Fake Book was great.Published 1 month ago by Glen G. Bruins
I'll never by a fake book on kindle again. You can't see any of the songs well enough to play them and some you can't see at all.Published 1 month ago by Ela
Print is too small. The songs are too old, and the music is too complicated to be a fake book. The First Fake book is 5 stars above this one.Published 6 months ago by Etel Miller
I really like the book. Mine was not the version advertised but the seller made the deal right. Thank you for thatPublished 7 months ago by Chuck. Starck
Got the Kindle edition. I use the Kindle reader for Android tablet. Book is 300Mb to download.
- Every song is a small picture you need to double click before it opens full... Read more