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How to Play from a Fake Book [Paperback]

Blake Neely
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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May 30 1999 Piano
(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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Blake Neely is a Hal Leonard author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning the tricks of fakin'g it. Jan. 28 2001
I am an adult who used fake books extensively as a teenager when I played an accordion in a small combo. Now, (much, much later), I am trying to learn how to play an electronic keyboard competently - with both hands, and Blake Neely's book has become a very valuable addition to my library. I knew how to use a fake book and play melodies with my right hand, but how to play a tune and have it sound nice on a piano (or in my case, a Yamaha PSR540 keyboard)??? In this book, I found the answer. It starts out with a very simple left hand accompaniment - just play the root of the chord. It then continues to build up competence, step-by-step: add a fifth to the root; next learn the composition of a major chord and play the whole chord; learn about chord inversions and how to play them; learn minor chords and their inversions; learn how to easily switch from one chord to another without having to jump all over the keyboard; learn left-hand options that extend beyond simply playing the full block chord, that is, use a two-part chord, alternate the root and fifth in playing the two-part chord, play the chord as an arpeggio.
Throughout all these lessons, songs are provided to try things out and the chosen songs do, indeed, sound great using the technique explained in the lessons. While learning to play from a single line of music, the songs will show both the treble and bass clef so you can see what your left-hand should be doing. It then will provide some songs with just the treble clef to see if you can do it yourself.
Of course, you, the student, have to take the time to learn these chords. The book shows you what they are, but you have to do your homework -- it will take a great deal of practice for most players to see a chord and instantly be able to finger that chord on the keyboard.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars now I get it! Jan. 19 2004
I took piano lessons for 5+ years and in elementary/junior high. I never had the least idea how to make any chord, except by reading the notes. I never knew why one chord was called a G and another was a C7. (Possibly my teachers tried to tell me, and I was not paying attention -- I wasn't the most attentive student.) I started recently trying to play keyboard and I bought one of those little books that shows every chord and its inversions. Very time consuming to look up and try to memorize each chord! But after reading this book and "How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons" I can actually sit down and play any major chord, and figure out any minor, diminished, augmented, and 7th. There is actually a rhyme and reason behind it all! Who knew?! I'm having a lot of fun with these books, although I can't say I'm ready to play for an audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuble book for any musican Jan. 9 2000
This is of the best, most clearly explained books ever written on practical music theory as applies to piano. It teaches, without the use of extensive diatonic charts, the principles of chord composition for all chords in all keys. It does not dumb down theory, rather it explains it in its true form, which is in fact simple. It is a great way for a non-paino playing musician to learn piano.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars superfluous Dec 28 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Maravilloso May 28 2001
Para los hispano parlantes: Una invaluable herramienta para entender la manera en que se construye la armonía a partir de un fake-book. (Los que tienen únicamente la línea de la melodía con los acordes encima de ella) Muestra la manera de construír modelos de acompañamiento en diferentes signaturas de tiempo 4/4 3/4 6/8, etc. acordes mayores, menores, aumentados, disminuídos, séptima dominante, sustituídos, etc. No lo he terminado de estudiar, pero cada página tiene algo nuevo y que se puede aplicar inmediatamente, con piezas musicales de ejemplo.
Lo recomiendo ampliamente. El precio a pagar no es nada comparado con los beneficios.
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