For keyboard players of all levels. Fake books are used by professional musicians at cocktail lounges, weddings, and many other performing situation. They are invaluable because they contain a thousand or more songs in one compact volume. But in order to use them one must know how to look at a kind of musical shorthand--a skeleton of each song which gives only melody, lyrics and chord symbols--and "fake" a full accompaniment. Now, anyone can! This book will teach you how to play any chord symbol you will find in pop, jazz or rock; how to create stylish arrangements on your own; and how to sound like a "pro" even when reading sheet music for the first time. Topics include bass lines, counter-melodies, intros and endings, rhythmic patterns, and embellishing a melody.--From publisher description.
(Piano). Ever wondered how to create better accompaniments for the melodies in your favorite fake books? This "teach yourself" book introduces you to chord building, various rhythmic styles, and much more, so that you play the songs you like just the way you want them. Keyboard players with a basic understanding of notation and sight-reading will be on their way to more fun with fake books. The relaxed tone of the text and selection of fun songs keep How to Play from a Fake Book entertaining throughout perfect for amateur musicians, or as a supplement for keyboard teachers and their students.
Ok, first let me make it clear that by 'learn in a week' I'm not suggesting that you're going to be a virtuoso at the end of this period, especially if you're an absolute beginner. However I assure you that the methods included in will show you the fastest and easiest way to learn finger dexterity and genuine music notation. And furthermore are geared towards all styles of music and applicable to both piano and electronic keyboard. In brief this book explains: - Choosing the right keyboard for your needs; - Initial finger exercises that don't require any music reading ability; - How to read music from scratch; - Every major/minor scale and arpeggio in every key; - Pentatonic/Blues Scales; - Chord construction; - Chord fingering in keyboard view; - Chord charts in keyboard view; - The best proven finger exercises available; - How to make boring scales/arpeggios interesting and fun to practice; - Practice pieces; - How to play from a fake book; - Sound links for all examples; - Plus More!
From classic jazz standards to bebop, cool, and modern jazz, the Just Jazz Real Book contains 250 jazz classics that are the core required repertoire for jazz musicians all over the world. Production teams in both the U.S. and U.K. took great care to ensure the accuracy and usability of each arrangement, and original composer sources were consulted to ensure that the arrangements remained true to the composers' intentions. Includes a complete composer index and a complete discography of suggested recorded versions for each song. Comb bound, approx. 400 pages.
(Keyboard Instruction). This comprehensive book with audio is the perfect Intro to Jazz Piano . From comping to soloing, you'll learn the theory, the tools, and the techniques used by the pros. The audio demonstrates most of the music examples in the book. The full band tracks feature the rhythm section on the left channel and the piano on the right channel, so that you can play along with the band. Covers: jazz chords and progressions; jazz swing and bossa nova comping; voicings and patterns; melodic treatment; soloing techniques; how to play from a fake book; and more. Get started today!
Any musician who composes or transcribes music or who plays accompaniment to a soloist will have a need to know what the chords are for the accompaniment. There are also occasions when the published chords to a piece are in error, and there is a need to know how to recognize and correct them. Simply put, the process of harmonizing chords to melody is all about identifying chord tones and intervals in a melody and determining the chords they imply. The decision to survey the literature on harmonizing chords was made because no single textbook on harmony could be found that extensively treated the subject. Of the scores of textbooks referenced herein, each one would touch upon or tell only part of the story. What was obviously needed was a book that gathered all the relevant materials in one place and outlined a practical procedure for harmonizing a melody. This document attempts to do this. The word harmonization as used here refers to the process of finding appropriate chords to accompany a melody. Hence, when we harmonize a melody, we create a chord accompaniment for it. The most beautiful melody may be ruined by a poor and inappropriate chord accompaniment, or a poor melody can be made interesting by an apt chord accompaniment. The intended purpose of this work is to provide suitable accompaniment chords only to a given melody in lead sheet format. The piece could then be performed by musicians playing the melody and chords together. This could be done either by two musicians, a soloist, and an accompanist or by a keyboard player who would play both melody and chords. It is not intended that a harmonizing bass line or other harmonizing voices be added to the given melody. It is also a primary purpose of this work to enable the transformation of raw melody into diatonic music by harmonizing only diatonic chords to it.
The Just Standards Real Book contains 250 classic songs, from show tunes to jazz standards, that are the core required repertoire for musicians all over the world. Production teams in both the U.S. and U.K. took great care to ensure the accuracy and usability of each arrangement and original composer sources were consulted to ensure that the arrangements remained true to the composers' intention. Plus, useful and important chord substitutions are indicated for each arrangement, allowing the user to pick from the original chords or the more popular jazz versions. Each book in the series is extensively cross-referenced with appendices including: a complete composer index, a complete discography of suggested recorded versions for each song, a section on how to play from a fakebook, chord theory reference pages, and a section on how to create interesting chord substitutions. Comb bound, approx. 400 pages.