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Here are a number of books that will help you get the most out of your music fake books. Summary information is provided for each book. The book cover on the left will take you to Barnes & Noble where you can get additional information and current pricing. Similarly, the link on the right goes to Amazon's page for this book. You can scroll down the page to review all the books or click on the book title below to jump directly to that book.

How to Play from a Fake Book

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.

Hal Leonard, $16.95,  ISBN-13: 9780634002069, 88pp, 52 songs, Jan '99 - Table of Contents

How To Play From A Fake Book

By Michael Esterowitz, this books is for musicians of all levels. It teaches how to use bass lines, countermelodies, introductions and endings, rhythmic patterns, embellish a melody and how to accompany. All the techniques needed to 'fake' a great-sounding accompaniment from just melody, lyrics and chord symbols.

Ekay Music, $16.95, ISBN-13: 978-0943748191, Apr '91

How to Get Real with a Fake Book

An easy-to-follow, step-by-step system to understand and create sophisticated piano arrangements and/or orchestrations. Ideal for any musician who wants to play or write notes that are not found on the printed page! Pianist/arranger Steve Rawlins will help players improve their abilities with: chord alterations and voicings; chord substitutions; key selections; inversions and pedal bass; intros and endings; and other essential music fundamentals.

Creative Concepts, $12.95, ISBN-13: 9781569221211, 88pp, 0 songs, Mar '00

How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons

This method is a truly entertaining approach to learning how to play the piano. Written by Ward Cannel of the Piano Consortium, the method breaks down music theory into visual concepts which are fun and easy to grasp, so you can learn to play the music you want to play! Perfect for those piano lesson dropouts!

Hal Leonard, $22.99, ISBN-13: 9780385142632, 29 songs, 240pp, Jan '81 - Song List

Play Piano In A Flash

As seen on public television stations nationwide, a revolutionary new approach to playing non-classical music on the piano. Have you ever wished you could play the piano? Well, now you can! Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston teaches you to play the way the pros play, in a style enormously simpler than traditional classical piano and with an absolute minimum of note-reading. By focusing on playing the melody with the right hand (one note at a time) and simple chords with the left hand, Houston gives you the tools you need for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Best of all, your tour guide to this adventure forces you to have fun along the way!

Hyperion, $10.36, ISBN-13: 9781401307660, 160pp, Jan '04

Play Piano in a Flash!: The Next Step

In this book, you will learn how to: read a lead sheet as found in fake books; interpret chord symbols and position them on the piano; play style specific left-hand self-accompaniment patterns; generate right-hand spontaneous melodies that "fit" with left-hand chords or patterns; and play introductions, endings and turnarounds to create full arrangements of your favorite songs. This book uses a fun and creative approach to piano playing. Following on the heels of the best seller Play Piano in a Flash! Using everyday language and down-to-earth examples, Scott and Bradley guide you through the more practical side of chords, scales and rhythms. The best part is that everything is presented in context, and with one goal in mind – getting you to play better, sound more authentic when playing non-classical styles, and have more fun than you ever thought possible on a piano or keyboard!

Houston Enterprises, $24.95, ISBN-13: 9780971286139, 100pp, Jun '06

Scott The Piano Guy's Favorite Piano 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 Scott's unique "simple chord frames" for each song.

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.

Hal Leonard, $24.95, ISBN-13: 9781423413172, 74 songs, - 52pp, Jun '06 - Table of Contents

Scott the Piano Guy's Favorite Piano Fake Book, Vol. 2

Over 90 more popular song arrangements from Scott Houston, the Piano Master of PBS. Includes basic and advanced chord charts for every song. Features:

Alfie · Breaking Up Is Hard to Do · Come Fly with Me · Friends in Low Places · Help Me Rhonda · I Write the Songs · King of the Road · Leaving on a Jet Plane · My Heart Will Go On · Rock Around the Clock · Sweet Home Alabama · Three Times a Lady · Under the Boardwalk · When I'm Sixty-Four · You're So Vain · and dozens more!

Hal Leonard, $24.99, ISBN-13: 9781423461708, 90 songs, 240pp, Jan '09 - Table of Contents

How to Play Keyboards

How to Play Keyboards offers an exciting new way to learn to play.Its easy-to-follow instructions and systematic approach enable you to start playing popular tunes on your keyboard within minutes-even if you've never played a musical instrument before. You'll learn keyboard basics like: fingering, chords, special effects, playing by ear, how to read sheet music, playing with drum backing and much more. Filled with a wealth of instruction and inspiration, How to Play Keyboards is like having your own personal tutor. Roger Evans has helped nearly half a million readers learn to play an instrument on their own. His other books include How to Play Guitar and How to Play Piano.

St. Martins, $11.95, ISBN-13: 9780312287078, 104pp, Dec '01

The Complete Absolute Beginners Keyboard Course (BK/CD/DVD)

This complete keyboard course brings together the entire Absolute Beginners series in a single multimedia package to provide a total learning system. It's easy to use and takes you from the basic playing positions and left-hand techniques to mastering minor keys and scales and advanced time signatures. In this great pack you'll get: a complete Keyboard Tutor / Songbook with both classic and contemporary hits to sing and play, a handy 'Guide To The Keyboard' Pull-Out Chart, 2 CDs, and a DVD. Build your playing skills, master rhythms and develop right-hand techniques. The CD audio tracks tell you how everything should sound, and the full length accompaniment tracks give you instant backing. The DVD features an expert teacher demonstrating proper playing techniques.

Music Sales Corp, $29.95, ISBN-13: 9780825627972, 135pp, Jan '04

FastTrack Music Instruction - Keyboard, Book 1

Learn how to play that piano today. With this book you'll learn music notation, chords, riffs, licks and scales, syncopation, and rock and blues styles. Method Book 1 includes over 87 songs and examples.

Hal Leonard, $7.99, ISBN-13: 9780793574070, 48pp, Feb '97 - Closer Look

Teach Yourself To Play Electronic Keyboard

Everything you need to know to get started playing electronic keyboard now! Melody, harmony and rhythm are explained in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step system. This very easy electronic keyboard method is perfect for students age 10 and up and is designed for beginners with no musical training. This method will provide an excellent introduction to note reading and the basics of music and is intended for keyboards with automatic rhythms and single-finger chords. Also includes basic improvising techniques! Explains how to use chord symbols to play from pop sheet music, fake books and lead sheets. You'll learn about the "Circle of 5ths" and improvising techniques.

Alfred Publishing, $11.95, ISBN-13: 9780882846804, 80pp, Jul '00

Teach Yourself to Play Jazz at the Keyboard

Teach Yourself to Play Jazz at the Keyboard will have you playing the authentic sounds of jazz right from the beginning. By following the step-by-step set of instructions, you will learn all about jazz and blues scales. As you progress, you will be performing proper jazz accents and riffs with the right hand, and jazz chords and progressions, walking bass, boogie and Latin-inspired patterns with the left.

Alfred Publishing, $18.95, ISBN-13: 9780739000199, 80pp, Aug '97

Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory breaks down a difficult subject in a simple way-even for those who think they have no rhythm or consider themselves tone deaf. With clear, concise language, it explains everything from bass-clef basics to confusing codas.

Alpha Books, $19.99, ISBN-13: 9781592574377, 336pp, Sep '05

Jazz Theory Book

The most comprehensive Jazz Theory book ever published! Over 500 pages of text and over 750 musical examples. Written in the language of the working jazz musician, this book is easy to read and user-friendly. At the same time, it is the most comprehensive study of jazz harmony and theory ever published. The Jazz Theory Book takes the student from the most basic techniques such as chord construction and the II-V-I progression through scale theory, the blues, "I've Got Rhythm" changes, slash chords, the bebop and pentatonic scales, how to read a lead sheet and memorize tunes and a study of reharmonization that is almost a book in itself.

Sher Music, $42 , ISBN-13: 9781883217044, 522pp, Jan '96 - Contents

Instant Scale and Chord Guide for Keyboards

Key signatures and chord symbols are doors to facility at the keyboard - doors too often locked by insufficient understanding. This guide unlocks them with clear, simple explanations. Features: major and minor scales; guidelines for scale fingering; chord charts which include major, minor, augmented, seventh, ninth, eleventh, major seventh, major nonth, minor seventh, sixth, minor sixth and diminished chords in all positions; formulas and symbols for altered chords - a simplified forming complex chords; A glossary of music terms. The easy-to-read text, concise definitions, and illustrations provide an invaluable reference guide for your musical pursuits.

Hal Leonard, $7.95, ISBN-13: 9780793500086, 64pp, Sep '90

How to Play Chord Symbols in Jazz and Popular Music

The purpose of this book is to develop facility in reading alphabetical chord symbols at the keyboard, with the ultimate goals being the ability to play fakebook leadsheets and understand popular sheet music chord symbols.

Hal Leonard, $14.95, ISBN-13: 9780793578962, 64 pp, 17 songs, Feb '91 - Song List

Music Reading for Keyboard

Perfect for beginning to intermediate keyboard players, this method teaches: notes, rhythms, keys, time signatures, treble and bass clefs, right- and left-hand patterns and accompaniments, popular song styles, repeat signs, accidentals, codas and more.

Hal Leonard, $14.99, ISBN-13: 9780793582006, 104pp,  May '98

Super Sight-Reading Secrets

"Just practice and it will get better." This is the typical suggestion given intended to improve music-reading. For anyone who has been frustrated with this suggestion, this book is a gold mine of what to actually practice. It reduces the process of sight-reading into individual components. Through a series of progressive drills your mastery of each component is comfortably and scientifically paced. One set of drills specifically improves your ability to see and interpret the notation quickly. Another set of drills specifically improves your tactile sense of the keyboard so that you can find any note without looking. As you improve, the parts merge as one and your reading reaches the highest level!

Sound Feeling Pub, $, ISBN-13: 9780961596309, 48pp, Jun '86

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