What Is a Fake Book?

What Is a Fake Book? l Piano Diana



I wanted to share this brief intro with you... It's written by Michael Esterowitz.

What Is a Fake Book?


A "fake book" is a collection of music - usually popular, traditional, ethnic and semi-classical tunes - arranged in a skeletal form providing just the melody and the symbols for the accompanying chords. (They are presented in as abbreviated form as possible, with repetitions of sections and even slight variations not written out in full.) The actual playing of the song with full accompaniment is meant to be improvised or "faked" by the performer.

For years, fake books were used mostly by professional musicians, such as cocktail pianists or those in wedding or society bands. These books were invaluable to them because the condensed manner in which music was presented allowed a lot of songs (up to 1,000 or more!) to be published in one volume. Also, sightreading a song for the first time is usually a lot easier from a fake chart than from a full piano score, the latter having many more notes to read and pages to turn. They also give "pros" the freedom to stylize a song their own way, rather than to play it as arranged in a sheet music version.

The older "pro" fake books were usually not available to the general public. They could not be sold "over the counter" in music stores because they were illegal. (Their publisher did not pay royalties or secure permission to reprint the tunes from the rightful owners; hence, they broke copyright laws designed to protect composers.) Probably because of their underground or "bootleg" status, these illegal fake books often tended to be sloppily edited, mistake-ridden and difficult to read.

In recent years, however, "legal" fake books intended for amateur and professional musicians alike have become available. Players attracted to the obvious economy of these fake books have been buying them, but unless one knows how to use them, the results will not be satisfying.

Just what does one need to know to play from a fake book? For one thing, how to read simple music notation. This ability is assumed here. Although fake books only print music in the treble clef, our musical examples of how such renditions might be carried out are written in full piano scores.

There are two other things we need to learn to play successfully from a fake book. One is how to interpret chord symbols - that is, how to actually play all the various types of chords you will run across. This is not such difficult information to learn. Music tends to be fairly logical and consistent, and a chord type in one key will work the same way in another key. There are, in addition, common chord progressions (chord "changes," in musicians' jargon) which will help us make sense of most of the music we encounter.

The other main thing we need to learn is how to make the accompaniment interesting - how to give some character to the chords and rhythms in order to add flavor and motion to our playing. Merely fingering the correct notes of each chord is often not really satisfying - the total effect may be dull and amateurish. Yet it doesn't take all the skill and dexterity of an advanced pianist to sound professional. It's amazing how pleasing the results can be using quite easy-to-play patterns.

Accompanying a Singer from a Fake Book


Almost everyone who plays the piano has had the experience of being at a party where someone wants to sing, and of being asked to performing it solo. However, the playing that sounds best when someone else is singing or playing the melody can be quite different. 

Generally, the accompaniment does not double the melody, except where specifically desired for emphasis. This does not mean that you do not have to look at the melody line and only have to pay attention to the chords. It is important to be aware of the rhythmic character of the melody to support it properly. Knowing where the melody is busy and where it is not is essential in order to put fills and accents in good spots. You may wish to play a line in harmony with the melody, or one that creates a counterpoint to it. You must know where the dramatic "peaks" and "valleys" of the song are. Although an accompanist doesn't necessarily play the melody, he or she must always listen to it and anticipate where it is going.

Now you are no longer responsible for the melody, which greatly expands your possibilities. For example, you can play full block chords in the right hand over a left-hand bass line, or arpeggiated chords.

Example:



4/4  G  Am7 // Bm7  C //  G  Am7 //  Bm7  C  //

L.H. / R.H.

G = G, B, D/DGBD, GBDG

Am7 = A, C, E/EACE, ACEA

Bm7 = B, D, F#/F#ADF#, BDF#AD

C = C, E, G/GCEG

And...

G = G, F#, E, D/BDG

Am7 = E, G, F#, E/CEG

Bm7 = F#, A, B/BDF#

C = E, D, C, D/CEG

Or...

G = GBDG/G, B, D, G

Am7 = ACEG/A, C, E, G

Bm7 = BDF#A/B, D, F#, A

C = CEGC/C, E, G, E

Do you have a Fake Book? Here are a few recommendations:

The Real Book: Sixth Edition

The Ultimate Fake Book (For C Instruments)

Scott The Piano Guy's Favorite Piano Fake Book

(affiliate links in this post)

Warmly,






"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

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Looking back in 2016,  the top 10 posts are here.

Don Moen-Arise has over 1500 views.

Here's a bit on Passing Chords.

Two of my piano students loved playing In The Mood.

Chords to Don't-leave-me-now-chords-by-supertramp. (over 3800 hits)

Finally, here are some Jazz Piano Books that I recommend.

Just in case you didn't know... You can find tons of chord charts to Christian Contemporary songs on my other blog, LadyDpiano.com

Kicking off the new year, I sincerely hope you are setting aside time to play the keys for at least 1/2 hour per day. I will be doing more ear training with my students and especially work with them on improvising. Plus, using the iPad more in their lessons will cut down printing costs. As a piano teacher, I use various method books for each individual needs. What I'm finding from the youngest to the oldest student is that they all want to play a song that they know! Is that true for you as well?

Warmly,

"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

Lord, You Have My Heart: Delirious

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Lord, You Have My Heart

Words and Music by Martin Smith
Key: C#m
Time: 4/4 Worshipfully

Verse

C#m                  A
Lord you have my heart
                  E/G#   Bsus
And I will search for yours
C#m            A        B   E     B/D#
Jesus take my life and lead me on

C#m                  A
Lord you have my heart
              E/G#   Bsus
And I will search for yours
C#m           A     B      E     
Let me be to you a sacrifice


Chorus

        E       Esus  A       E/G#  B E/B B
(men)   And I will    praise you   Lord
                
(ladies)        I will praise you Lord
        E    Esus    A       E/G#     B E/B
(men)   And I will    sing of love come down
                 
(ladies)        I will sing of love come down
           E  Esus   A    E/G#   Bsus E/G
(men)   And as you    show your face
                            
(ladies)        Show your face
        B     A   E/G#    Bsus  E
(all)   We'll see your glory   here




Free pdf, here. (Key of Bm)


Other Delirious songs:

Message Of The Cross

I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

Find Me In The River

You may be interested in the 300pg Piano By Ear Home Study Course

Blessings,






"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

Learn Rejoice with Trembling

Rejoice with Trembling: Matt Redman l Piano Diana


Rejoice with Trembling

Psalm 2:11 
Leviticus 9:24

Words and Music by Matt Redman

Key: G
Time: 4/4 With Joy
  
                   E                         Em
We could watch You from afar
             D/F#             G
And forever be amazed
             A7/C#           D
At how glorious You are
Bm7(b5)               E                Am
Yet You've drawn us close to You
                       D/F#               G
Where the wonder's greater still
               A7/C#               D
And You overwhelm us, God
     
C              G              D/F#                 Bm7(b5)
And we rejoice with trembling in our hearts
C/E                           Am             G/B
Bring You a song of reverence and love
C     G         D/F#                          Bm7(b5)
Jesus, how good, how great You are
        C                      Am      G/B
And we rejoice with trembling
C                  G
Before Your throne

                   E                    Am
Who could fully voice the praise
             D/F#                 G
Of the God of endless days
                 A7/C#           D
Tell a fraction of Your worth?
Bm7(b5)  F            Am
For we only see in part
                    D/F#            G
Of the grace of who You are
                A7/C#           D
Just an echo, just a glimpse

C                 G            D/F#           Bm7(b5)
And we rejoice with trembling in our hearts
         C/E                   Am            G/B
Bring You a song of reverence and love
C     G          D/F#                       Bm7(b5)
Jesus, how good, how great You are
         C                      Am      G/B
And we rejoice with trembling
C                  G
Before Your throne
© 2002



Chords Used in The Song

L.H. / R.H.

E = EBD/G#
Am = AEA/EAC
D/F# = F#/ADG
G = GDG/DGB
A7/C# = C#G/AEB
D = D/ADF#
Bm7(b5) = BFA/B

C = CG/CDE
C/E = EGC/GD
Am = A/CEB
G/B = BG/D
G = G/GBD
D/F# = F#/DAD

It's really an easy slow song to learn for beginners. I have other Matt Redman songs:

Wonderful Maker

Blessed Be Your Name

Better Is One Day

Amazing

Heart of Worship

You may be interested in this music resource Dvd, Advanced Guitar 301

Kind Regards,


"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

Learn Again I Say Rejoice

Israel Houghton: Again I Say Rejoice l Piano Diana

To kick-off the new year, here is Israel Houghton and his new bride, Adrienne Bailon.

I hope this new year fills your heart with rejoicing in the goodness of God as you count your many blessings. Especially to be given the gift of music!

In 2004 Israel wrote this fantastic song and I remember our worship team playing it many times in 2005. I love his tenor voice and I know lots of worship leaders sing a set in the Key of E. Remember all the sharps while navigating through the chord chart.


Key: E

Chorus 1

E                   A2/C# C#m7
Rejoice in the Lord al -  ways
     Cmaj7           D
And again I say and again I say
E                   A2/C# C#m7
Rejoice in the Lord al -  ways
     Cmaj7           D
And again I say and again I say
  E
Rejoice


Verse:

E
Come bless the Lord come bless the Lord
             D       A2/C#       E
Draw near to worship Christ the Lord
                                           D     A2/C# E
And bless His name His holy name Declaring He is good


PreChorus:

Am7              Bm7
O that men would praise Him
Cmaj7             D
O that men would praise Him


Other:
(repeat Chorus, Verse, PreChorus, Chorus(2x))


Bridge:

Em11
O that men would praise His name
                                   C/D  Em11
Praise His name to the ends of the earth
Em11
O that men would praise His name
                F#7 E7sus D7sus       Bm7
Praise His name to  the   ends of the earth
Em11
O that men would praise His name.
Am9         Bm9
Again I say again I say (repeat)
 Cmaj9       Dmaj7         Am9          Bm9
Again I say, Again I say, Again I say, Again I say


Tag:
B/C#  C#m7  G/C  Am/C  G/C  D  E  B/C#  C#m7  G/C  Am7C
G/C  D  E   F#m/C#  C#m7  Cmaj7  D  E/G#  Esus/F# E  B#dim7
        rejoice         Rejoice   Rejoice
C#m7  F#m7  Cmaj7  D  Esus  E
          rejoice     Re  - joice
Artist: Israel Houghton
Copyright Credits: ©2004 Champions For Christ Music Publishing (Admin. by Integrated Copyright Group) Integrity's Praise! Music Sound Of The New Breed (Admin. by Integrated Copyright Group, Inc.) All rights reserved. International copyright secured. CCLI song #4302823


Chord Breakdown: Piano Diana



How To Play These Chords

Cmaj7 = CEGB

Cmaj9 = CDEGB

C#m7 = C#EG#B

C# = C#FG#

D = DF#A

D7sus = CDA

Dmaj7 = DF#A

Bm7 = BDF#A

Bm9 = BDF#AC#

E = EG#B

Em11 = EGAB

Israel Houghton: Again I Say Rejoice l Piano Diana


Again I Say Rejoice

Words and Music by Israel Houghton and Aaron Lindsay

Key: E
Time: 4/4 With Energy


            D/E
O that men would praise His name
                                   
Praise His name to the ends of the earth
   E7/G# A7                B7(#9)
O that men would praise His name
            Cmaj7         C#m7(b5)
Praise His name to  the   ends of the earth
       E7
O that men would praise His name,
                F#m7 Em7  Cmaj7             B7(#9)
Praise His name to  the   ends of the earth, oh
Em7    F#m7 Gm7 C13     B7(#9) Em7 Bm9 Am9
O that men would praise His name And a-gain
       Bm9  
I say again I say (repeat)
 Cmaj9       Dmaj7         Am9          Bm9
Again I say, Again I say, Again I say, Again I say

E                   
Rejoice in the Lord al -  ways
     
And again I say and again I say
E                   E2/G# E2(no3)/D
Rejoice in the Lord al -  ways
     Cmaj9          D6
And again I say and again I say
  E
Rejoice

You may be interested in GospelKeys 101



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