C Instruments, Melody/Lyrics/Chords - Difficulty: medium
Lead Sheets for 57 Compositions. By Miles Davis. Hal Leonard Fake Books. Jazz. Fakebook (spiral bound). With standard notation, chord names and discography. 80 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.240137).
Item Number: HL.240137
ISBN 0634005049. 8.5x11 inches.
Miles Davis gave the jazz world innumerable musical innovations and his supporting musicians provided a virtual who's who of the modern jazz era. The Miles Davis Real Book contains highly accurate, easy-to-read, musician-friendly lead sheets for nearly 60 of his most famous original compositions, including Bitches Brew, Freddie Freeloader, So What and dozens more top tunes. The book also features plastic-comb binding for durability and ease of use. Essential for every jazz fan!
About Hal Leonard Fake Books
A "fake book" contains songs written in a concise format that includes only the melody and chords, letting you interpret the song's performance as you feel is appropriate. This is great for quickly learning songs by yourself or with an ensemble.
Each song in a fake book only has a single melody actually written out in notes, which is usually the vocal or lead melody. This melody will have the lyrics written beneath the notes, with each word aligned to its corresponding note. Above the notes of the melody will appear the names of the appropriate chords to play - for example, a "C minor" chord would be written as "Cmin" or Cm", rather than writing out all of the notes in those chords as they appeared in the original version of the song.
This format is very compact, which is why you will often see fakebooks containing 500 or more songs.