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Posted January 6, 2000
I have three objections to this: 1) There is no good reason for it to exist at all. 2) It persistently and insistently foists on us drivel it evidently considers humorous and I consider crude, unctuous, obnoxious, and smarmy. 3) It misunderstands harmony--or understands harmony imperfectly, shall we say? (See its treatment of eleventh chords.) So how does one play from a fake book? Most sheet music arrangements of pop songs include a piano arrangement, above that a vocal line, and above that chord symbols. If you take away the piano arrangement, what you're left with is exactly what you encounter in a fake book. To learn what the chord symbols mean, merely compare them to the piano arrangement below. Of course, to play from a fake book well you need to be an accomplished improviser with a thorough knowledge of music theory: there are no shortcuts. You'll find in Jerry Coker's 'Improvising Jazz', however, a clear, straightforward, and succinct summary of chord construction. I recommend Jerry Coker's 'Improvising Jazz'.
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Posted April 28, 2005
I started teaching myself piano 5 months ago and have subscribed to the approach of using 'fake books' which is providing me with immediate fun and enjoyment, albeit non traditional training. I purchased this book to expand on learning songs from Fake Books. The content of the book is most accurately described in the subtitle ¿Faking your own arrangements from melodies and chords¿ rather than the title ¿How To Play From A Fake Book¿. I would have expected to see descriptions of how to determine the appropriate octave or inversions of chords when using fake books and how to handle situations where chords compete with melody notes. This book is not for beginners, rather is most suited for more accomplished players who want to ¿spice up¿ or put their own signature on the songs they play.
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Posted June 29, 2001
This book is great for the piano player who's not so concerned with a strict music format and wants the learning to be fun as well as getting the results he or she is seeking. The information is well presented and easy to understand. There's no law that says education has to be a stuffy and bla affair. This book is just plain fun and the teachings are quite valid.
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Posted November 22, 2013
For me this book was a good tutorial on chords, chord structure and how to play them on the piano/keyboard. It starts at the beginning and progresses rather smoothly to developing a confidence in recognizing and understanding chords on lead sheets and fake books. As a singer, and new piano player, this book is very helpful to me and will serve as a refresher and resource in the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.