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How to Play from a Fake Book [Kindle Edition]

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(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.

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The songs include: "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans", "(There'll Be) A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight", "Ain't We Got Fun?", "All God's Children Got Shoes", "America, The Beautiful", "Any Time", "April Showers", "Aura Lee", "Battle Hymn Of The Republic", and "Beale Street Blues". Ever wondered how to create better accompaniments for the melodies in your favourite 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9247 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ6E3ZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning the piano 15 Jan 2009
By Bill
Format:Paperback
I'm teaching myself the piano and have bought several basic books. This has been the most fun and rewarding so far. It has quickly taught me how to play with confidence and to experiment with chords rather than faithfully playing every note. Playing with any piano music (including fake books) is more enjoyable now as I can use the chord letter alone to create my own musical accompaniment to the melody.

It's written in plain English with lots of cheesy jokes that are quite amusing. Learning piano with it is genuinely fun.

To get the most from it I think you need some basic piano playing ability. So if you're just starting to learn the piano I'd strongly recommend a basic piano course book to partner this one. I found "How to Play Popular Piano in 10 Easy Lessons" by Norman Monath really good when I was a complete beginner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for guitarists coming to keyboard 14 Feb 2010
By J. Eyre
Format:Paperback
This is a very good book for a guitarist to get the best out of a keyboard in a short time. I have played guitar for over 50 years, including skiffle, rock, jazz and formal classical training and so when I sat down at the piano I had some idea of what to do.
This book has helped me to disipline my learning experience and enabled me to get more pleasure from my playing.
It is also of value to anyone without guitar experience because it teaches harmony through the structure of chords.
Well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation ! 9 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
If you play EasiPlay books or lead sheets and you want to do a bit more with your fingers but don't know what to do then this book is a MUST HAVE. It clearly explains the importance of knowing your chord inversions and the need for common chord progressions. It goes on to tell you which notes to leave out (and why) in more complex chords and how to voice those 9th 11th and 13th chords. I've been playing about 5 years and wished I'd found this book 3 years ago. I have dozens of tuition books but this will become worn out first. I couldn't recommend it enough. Be aware that there is another with the same title but by a different author - I can't comment on that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics 15 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
I'm really enjoying working my way through this book, although i wouldn't recommend it to a complete beginner unless you're also having lessons. Having been classically trained to a moderate level it is giving me a really useful understanding of the construction of chords and how to harmonise a piece of music from just a melody line and chord names. I'm hoping this will lead on to being able to improvise and to play more jazz. A very useful book. My only criticism is the awful 'humour' and perhaps it moves rather too quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 23 Jan 2012
By akerta
Format:Paperback
I really recommend this book to anyone who is looking to learn how to read and play the standards as they appear in a Real/Fake Book. It's very well presented, very clearly explained, and it begins from the very beginning - but then moves swiftly on. (Since you are the one learning, you can take as much time as you like on each bit ;-).) I think you will find it really useful, especially if you also have a Real/Fake Book so you can practice on extra pieces. And it's even fun to go through! Light-hearted but also very practical with very useful tips.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 31 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hate it. It explains how to play from a fake book but so do other books and you can easily find that information for free on the web.

The music in this book is terrible. I really don't want to play like that.
I started it but gave up after I mastered a handful of songs and realized that they're over-simplified cheesy versions of some American standard songs, which are not very nice to begin with. The thing is that even the ones that are nice-to-begin-with sound awful in this book.

I've bought a couple of other books and put this one aside.
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By GordonO
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was given a 250 song 'fake' book and had some idea of how to resolve the chords names shown into left hand notes but not completely sure. This book explains how to do it and also gives some helpful practical advice on which chord inversions to choose for particular songs. It also has quite a bit of music to play to demonstrate its points. Contains good music theory advice and a scales and chord chart. Altogether a really good book.
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