Re: Jazz Question
Posted by jzoh on 5/6/2020, 1:26 pm, in reply to "Re: Jazz Question"
I agree with that. First book I got was the 'World's Greatest' book from Sher, and got it in Eb. Still regret it. Every one after that I got in C. |
I also second the response about the iRealBook app. I have used it for years, and right now playing with it several times a week.
This is totally off topic, but one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to buy a real book in Concert Pitch and learn to transpose at sight. I bought the Sher New Real Book Vol. 1 (it was a few years before the legal Hal Leonard Real Books came out) and did just that. What a wonderful skill to have.
When I started playing professionally, I often had to read charts in concert pitch. Even though I could already transpose melodies, I remember learning how to transpose chord changes on the gig. Again, another useful skill.
Sher has the Real Book, a Standards book - plenty of stuff. I recommended because of all the supplementary material they have in there for someone just starting. Doubt that someone who is looking for how to use a fake book is doing a bunch of gigs at this point.
I also have that flash drive. Been looking for someone to translate the Greek book for me...
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?