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Scott The Piano Guy's Favorite Piano Fake Book [Paperback]

Scott Houston
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Book Description

April 15 2006
(Fake Book). Next time your friends see your piano and say, "Play 'Misty' for me," impress them and really do it! This fake book includes 74 popular song arrangements from Scott Houston, the Piano Master of PBS. Includes: All the Things You Are * Blueberry Hill * Can You Feel the Love Tonight * Crazy * Endless Love * The Girl from Ipanema * Heart and Soul * Hey Jude * I Will Remember You * Imagine * Let It Be * Misty * Moon River * My Funny Valentine * Satin Doll * Somewhere Out There * Stand by Me * and more. Includes Scott's unique "simple chord frames" for each song.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best fake book ever May 27 2009
I consider this fake book, best ever, because there are two levels of chord
instruction.When the easier chord playing is perfected there is a more complicated level to play. The large size print benefits we seniors.
The selection of songs in the book, I also enjoy. I am very happy with this purchase. A happy senior in Sidney by the Sea.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scott the Piano Guy's Favourite Piano Fake Book Aug. 24 2009
I'm a total beginner and I found this book to be very helpful and easy to follow. Also has a good variety of songs, including well-known standards and pop favourites.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book! May 20 2010
This is a fantastic book. I love the chord pictures and the arrangements are simplified yet still sound nice. I am a singer who wanted to sing along with my limited playing abilities. If you are like me - buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy playing the piano Feb. 9 2014
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The tunes are written for easy piano, but you must still learn keyboard chords and their inversions, etc. to make the tune sound good. Once you learn these keyboard theories you can tinker and try many keyboard tricks to make the tune sound how you would enjoy playing it. That's the beauty of playing from a fake book, and Scott Houston includes the basic chords used with every music score in this book. Highly recommended for those who just want to enjoy playing the piano.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very limited usage Oct. 24 2008
By M. Dowins - Published on
First, I did enjoy his music selection. Just right for an older person like me.

This is only for beginners who just want to play tunes on the piano and don't really care what it sounds like. Everything is easily written in the key of C with easy chords. Couldn't be simpler.

However, if you seek to improve your piano skills, playing everything in the key of C will not teach you much. Its boring to hear song after song in the same key.

It's also boring that he omits chord changes whenever possible to simplify. He does supply alternative chords to spice up the music, and that's good, but I really miss the chords sequences that he left out to make it easier to play.

I bought this book at the same time I bought one of those extremely large fake books. The other gets used constantly. Scott's is just gathering dust on the shelf.

Per request, the name of the fake book that I use is: This Is the Ultimate Fake Book: It Contains over 1200 Songs for Piano, Organ, Guitar and All "C" Instruments (Hl00240050)

The publisher is Hal Leonard. The book is for sale in 2 places on Amazon. The cheapest way is to buy it from here, used: I would go with used since it has a plastic comb for long use.

For some reason it's also for sale at an extremely high price. Make sure you don't buy that one.
56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey! I can play the piano! Aug. 12 2007
By J. Fisher - Published on
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This book is terrific. It actually makes it fun and rewarding to sit down at the piano. You honestly are playing in a couple of hours. I know Houston did not invent this whole thing with chords, but he pulls it all together and teaches it in an accessible, lighthearted way. I can't believe that I can play!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book -- it's a good one! Jan. 5 2011
By Kenneth K. Smith - Published on
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As an intermediate keyboardist, I really have to say that this is one of those "gotta' buy" books, both for advanced beginner/intermediate pianists and electronic keyboardists alike.

Scott Houston, the Piano Guy (a.k.a. public television's video tutorial guy) must have figuratively scratched his head on what to call this book of his. On the one hand it's a fake book in the traditional sense - this one a book of songs in Cmajor (or transposed to Cmajor) along with their lead sheets. Then on the other hand, since in the Piano Guy's video tutorials he teaches "fun!" playing using Cmajor's three primary triads, I, IV, and V (C, F, G) and their supporting chords, and a minimum of black keys, then this book of his is really a lot more like workbook for his method than just a plain ordinary old fake book.

The tip off to what the Piano Guy's book really is, that it's a workbook, can be seen in the composers and types of music he includes in his book. The composers are all notable jazz, blues, C&W, rock and roll, and ballad master greats, both of this and earlier generations. The music included in the Piano Guy's fake book are all absolute classics in those genres, all either in their original key of Cmajor or transposed to Cmajor for ease and fun of playing.

The Piano Guy is big on improvising, the key to playing blues and jazz. So, unlike traditional fake books, he includes alternate chords, jazz and blues chords if you will, that you can substitute to vary the sound and feeling of the music you're having fun playing.

But it's when you use this book with corresponding YouTube videos and CDs that the book's value doubles and triples, not only for pianists, but especially for electronic keyboardists! All of the songs in this book can be found on YouTube ("YouTube (dot) com"), most in both classic and contemporary videos. From those videos (and YouTube audio clips where a video isn't available) not only can you follow this book's lead, but you can also see/hear the melody played in a huge variety of voicings, rhythms and styles. Not only that, but with some of the videos and most of the CDs you can also follow along with vocalists singing the song's lyrics. Listening to vocalists and following the lyrics in this book as a very good help in learning to read and follow sheet music's standard sequence notations.

And in many of the commercial-style videos you'll find in YouTube, you can often see the melodies in this book being played by the composers themselves, as Earl Garner does with "Misty", Bill Evans does with "Waltz for Debby", Paul McCartney does with "Hey Jude", Elton John does with "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", and Sarah McLachlan does with "I Will Remember You". And since the Piano Guy also includes movies in the credits line of the songs of many of the songs in this book you can enter "G.I.Blues" in YouTube and watch a young Elvis Presley in a rock'em, sock'em, walloping video clip of his "Blue Suede Shoes" (page 9 in this book).

If you want to advance in your keyboard and music knowledge and technique you'll really want to think about buying two of these outstanding books, one (new, or used but good) for permanent reference, and another (used, for lower cost) to use as an actual workbook, taking pages out, marking up the music, the chord designations, and inserting measures as you learn more about the style of music you're playing, or would like to play. A box of Ticonderoga's 2HB soft lead pencils with their equally soft non-smudge erasers (Ticonderoga type number 13882, available at Staples, Office Depot, etc.) will let you do this very easily.

Now a word about transposing the music in this book to some other key than Cmajor. It can (and should be) done as a continuing learning exercise with this book, e.g., transposing from Cmajor to the equally common Fmajor and Gmajor keys and their associated chords. And the transpositions can be done easily enough using the Internet. You'll be able to find lead sheets for almost all of the songs in this book in the song database at "Wikifonia (dot) org". Transposing one of the songs in that database to any other key is virtually instantaneous. A nice feature of the site is that you can save to a file and/or print out a lead sheet for a selected song in both it's original key and the transposed key.

So the bottom line is this: If you like what you've read in this review, then by all means buy this book!! (And don't forget an inexpensive, used, second book too if you want to have a copy of the book to use as a mark-up workbook.)
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, especially after watching the TV shows July 8 2008
By C-Dub - Published on
After struggling with trying to pick up the piano off-and-on over the years, i stumbled across Scott Houston's TV show on a local PBS station a couple of years ago. It was a revelation -- here was an approach to quickly learn songs i liked without trying to read sheet music note-for-note. After watching several episodes of the show, i purchased this book and enjoy it. Yes, some (or many) of the songs are not to my tastes, but even making use of just a dozen tunes is worth the price of admission. I am online today to buy the 2nd 'Fake Book' Scott Houston has produced.

Using lead sheets seems like a well-kept secret. You could probably find this book useful even without seeing the show, but see the show if you get a chance.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion to Scott's book/video March 11 2009
By Christopher Wolff - Published on
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Although I'm a long-time note reading pianist, Scott's method is a great way to play pop tunes from memory. What's different with this fake book is the chord charts that are included with every song. Not only are the exact notes annotated for all chords in the song, he also shows the alternative chords (i.e., playing Cmaj7 instead of C) that you can try after mastering the basic chords. Since there are many alternative chords, I appreciate having what he suggests to start with. For example, the Beatles' song "Yesterday" has no alternate chords whereas "The Way You Look Tonight" is loaded with them. I plan to buy volume 2 after I've learned all the ones I like from this book. It's hard for a note reader like me to not have every note and action spelled out, but the reward of being able to play songs from memory keeps me going.
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