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Classical Fake Book: Over 850 Classical Themes and Melodies in the Original Keys Plastic Comb – Feb 1 1992


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  • Plastic Comb: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2 edition (Feb. 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793513294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793513291
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 4.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare Chu on Nov. 14 2003
Format: Plastic Comb
This book is very comprehensive, and contains most of the major works of classical music. Since it is a fake book, it does not contain the complete score, but only the melody line with chords marked above the notes. The words/lyrics are included for the vocals, and double-stops where it appears in the original. Also, unlike some other fake books, the compositions appear in their original key. It is both an excellent reference to music appreciation students, concert goers and instrumental students as well as a source of material for beginning music students. Many of the themes can be used in student recitals.
The book is plastic tabbed bound, but since it is over 600 pages long it is somewhat difficult to get the pages placed flatly. It also does not feel like it would be that durable because both the plastic tabs may break, or the slots on the pages would easily be torn. The size of the notes is also smaller than most music books. But for the price paid, this book gives good value as there are over 850 classical themes and melodies in one place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sampson Hudson on Nov. 9 2002
Format: Plastic Comb
This book is a great pleasure. As a piano teacher, I've found that it provides fun for my young students. They can thumb through it and play page after page of marvelous classical melodies, incorporating their own chords. That's a great introduction to classical pieces which stimulates their interest in the original versions.
Some pianists may turn up their noses at the idea of a classsical fake book, but I'd point out that many of these pieces were originally written for orchestra, or--in the case of the older ones--for harpsichord, clavichord, organ, and so on. Some are taken from operas. Indeed, many of the classical works we use with our students are arrangements rather than ur-texts.
My students and I often laugh at the term "fake book"; especially for the keyboard players, these books would be more accurately named "creative books." The performer is called upon to provide his/her own harmony arrangements and rhythmic patterns. For talented musicians, "fake books" are a great opportunity for creative expression. That said, it must also be emphasized that students must have a strong foundation in piano basics, and that the teaching of ur-texts is vital for any student.
We love the "Classical Fake Book"---a hoot and a half! Highly recommended.
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I recently had to prepare a number of my band students for the annual "solo & ensemble" festival. Their abilites ranged from beginning to intermediate and I had difficulty trying to find appropriate music for them to perform since they all played wind instruments. (A common problem for beginning band directors.) I was able to utilize this book to not only arrange pieces according to their level but to accompany them on the piano; and my piano skills are not too exemplary. We had had difficulty finding an accompanist who could rehearse the students and accompany them for the festival, hence the need for me to do the job. In short, this book delivered me from much stress and anxiety over what my students would perform. By the way, all the students who participated received I's (superior) and II's (excellent), the two highest ratings! I've also used the book in my music appreciaton classes and am still exploring all the other wonderful ways I can utilize it. I believe it to be a necessary tool for all music educators.
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