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Re: Jazz Question
I guess it also depends on what kind of songs you're looking for. Most of the Sher books are a mix of standards, pop/fusion tunes, and songs linked to certain artists. Most of that stuff will never ever be called on a gig. So for me, who's mostly doing bebop and standards, the actual Real Book was the way to go.
That said, I moved everything on to an iPad years ago I have the legal Real Books, the illegal Real Books, the Sher Books, and more at the ready if I ever need them.
Not sure what 'learning' there is to use a fake book. It is the tune with chord changes. If you mean you are looking to learn to improvise, that is another (very long) discussion.
With that said, any of the Sher publications are a good place to start. More accurate, and some have additional information like drum styles, bass lines, back ground horn lines, etc. I like the New Real Book, but if just starting I'd go to their site and look for one that has tunes you want to play. Have fun.
I'm going to by a Fake Book so I can learn how to use one. Is one better than another? I'm looking for easy to understand. Recommendations?