The Definitive Christmas Collection Paperback – Aug 1 1993
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The higher price gets you a very large selection of holiday music (over 100 numbers) and a frustration-sparing spiral binding. The selection of music is pop oriented, with songs by George Michael, Neil Diamond, and Garth Brooks included. The exciting wild card here is a charming Percy Faith instrumental, "Brazilian Sleighbells." You also get the overlooked "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Skill level is generally moderate, with few of the key signatures going past one flat or sharp. Some guitar chord fingerings are offered; other songs have just the chord names, but most are quite simple. --William R. Braun
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The book is arranged alphabetically, so you can quickly find the piece you are looking for. However, if you don't know the name, it takes awhile because the book is so big. My advice for using this book to play for any occasion is to use post it notes to mark the tunes you intend to play so you can flip to them quickly.
The binding is good and strong, so it will stand up to use. While spiral binding might be preferred by some because it will lay flat, I find that they often break, get bent, or have other problems.
I like this collection a lot and recommend it.
For me, the main advantage of spiral bound books is that they stay open when placed on a music stand and don't keep closing on their own like some other bindings. This is is a necessary feature for an instrumentalist, however it is my experience that after much use the pages and cover often tear out of spiral bound books, and therefore are not as durable as some other types of bindings.
The Definitive Christmas Collection 3rd edition is a big book loaded with great songs (i.m.o.) and even though it may not lay perfectly flat like spiral bound it stays open nicely to the page to which it was turned.
I would definitely recommend this book, I just wish Amazon would get on the ball and remove the misleading description by William R Braun.
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