What is a real book and how are they used? Musician and educator Julio Appling covers the real book essentials, including standard layout, why musicians use them, and variety of editions available.
- [Narrator] If you're a geeking musician,…you're likely familiar with the Real Book.…Its name comes from their predecessors, fake books,…named as such, because they allowed musicians…to fake their way through playing songs…they may not be familiar with.…They initially gained popularity in jazz circles,…where musicians needed song forms and chords,…both for improvisation as well as to provide accompaniment…to other musicians and singers.…Real books typically consist…of several hundred pages of music charts.…The popular early version of The Real Book…had a simple, off-white cover,…with only the words, The Real Book.…
Pages were typically plastic comb-bound,…including both a table of contents and an index.…Later, legal versions kept to the spirit…of this compilation format,…and still included spiral binding,…but featured more elaborate, glossy covers.…Modern real books can be found in a variety of genres,…including Latin, R&B, pop, and bluegrass,…and include popular standards of the genre.…They typically include certain common elements.…
- Accompaniment styles
- Playback options and settings
- Drums and tracks
- Band in a Box
- iReal Pro
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1. Real Book
2. Band in a Box
3. iReal Pro
4. Other Digital Accompaniment Tools
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