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The Real Book, Vol. 1, Low Voice Plastic Comb – September 1, 2009
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- Publisher : Hal Leonard; 1st edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Plastic Comb : 350 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1423451228
- ISBN-13 : 978-1423451228
- Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #345,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You need to put out a new edition of the Real Vocal Books that fixes the problematic chords that make them tough to use on a gig. Many songs are OK, but some have significant problems.
For example, instead of using B7 the book uses Cb7, which makes harmonic sense in a flat key but is much more difficult to read on a gig. Even worse, A7 is written as Bbb7, which is ridiculous. Em is D##m, also ridiculous. The same double-flatting also mars the notation in some of the tunes. It looks like a computer program did these tunes rather than a human being.
Most egregious of all, at least one tune has notes written in the key of Eb while the chords are in the key of E. Another tune is in F but fails to place a Bb in the key signature. Wasn't this book proofread?
You really need to go back and redo Volumes 1 and 2 of the Real Vocal Books to make them more user friendly.
And you owe a refund to everyone who bought them. Or at least offer a significant discount for the corrected edition when it comes out - hopefully soon.
At the very least, please don't repeat these mistakes when you put out Volume 3. I'm looking forward to buying it. But I'm not looking forward to having to go through it with a pen and correct all of the difficult or wrong chords as I've had to do with volumes 1 and 2.
Other than these significant problems, these books are valuable resources for gigging jazz musicians who want to provide vocals.
UPDATE, here's Hal Leonard's response:
Thank you for your email.
We apologize for the delayed response and any errors in the book. Unfortunately, we cannot give you a refund for the book, however if you would like to give us specific errors (song titles, measure numbers, etc.), we will pass your information on to our editorial department for corrections on future printings.
Hal Leonard Product Support
And here's my response to Hal Leonard:
Thanks for the apology. It's too bad you won't provide a refund for the book or a discount to buyers for the corrected version (whenever that's provided). But the most important thing is that you fix the errors in the book and issue an update ASAP so that more people aren't ripped off.
Unfortunately, I don't have time to go through the books listing all of the errors by measure numbers, in effect doing the job your editorial department should have done in the first place. But here are a few to get you started:
1) Page 300 of Real Vocal Book Volume 1 for Low Voice, "There's a Small Hotel" - the notes and key signature are in Eb Major, but the chords are in E Major. Playing your version makes this lovely tune sound like atonal Schoenberg.
2) Page 286 of Real Vocal Book Volume 1 for Low Voice, "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" - the notes/key signature are in F Major, but the chords are in C Major.
3) Page 320 of Real Vocal Book Volume 2 for Low Voice, "That Old Black Magic" - the notes/key signature are in C Major, but the chords are in Bb Major.
4) Page 316 of Real Vocal Book Volume 2 for Low Voice, "That Old Feeling" - the notes/key signature are in Bb Major, but the chords are in C Major.
5) Page 42 of Real Vocal Book Volume 2 for Low Voice, "Born to Be Blue" - contains many needlessly complicated chords that could be made much simpler to read. For example, measure two has the chord Ebb7b5. That is the same chord as D7b5. Why not make it D7b5, which is much easier to read? Similar problems occur throughout this tune: Bbb-7 should simply be A-7. FbMaj7 should be EMaj7. Cb7 should be B7. AbbMaj7 should be GMaj7, etc.
Many other tunes contain this problem of needlessly complicated chord charts. Unfortunately, it forces me to have to go through and write in the simpler version of the chords next to the complicated ones, which makes the tunes look even more cluttered.
Other than these significant problems, the vocal series is a real boon to the gigging jazz musician who wants to provide vocals. I hope you can fix the problems soon and issue new books. At the very least I hope you don't repeat the mistakes in Vocal Book Volume 3, which Amazon says you're planning to release in January.
The corrections have been made to this book, so I've upgraded it to 5 stars from the 3 stars I originally gave it. Hal Leonard was good enough to send me a corrected copy. Kudos to them. The book is highly recommended.
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The font is clear and very legible as well.
1) When they say low voice they mean it! I'm a baritone and none of these charts go above a middle Bflat. Obv can transpose them but still.
2) There are A LOT of ballads in this book. Great for me, maybe not for you...?
Haven't stopped using it since purchase tho.