The Blues Fake Book composed by Various. For Piano/Keyboard, C Instruments. Hal Leonard Fake Books. Blues. Difficulty: medium. Fakebook (leadsheet notation; spiral bound). Vocal melody, lyrics, chord names and leadsheet notation. 407 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.240082).
ISBN 0793558557. With vocal melody, lyrics, chord names and leadsheet notation. Blues. 9x12 inches.
The most comprehensive single-volume blues publication ever, with songs spanning the entire history of the genre. Every major blues artist is well-represented, including Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly, Alberta Hunter, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bessie Smith, Sonny Boy Williamson, and scores of others. Features very easy-to-read engravings of 400 fantastic songs, including: All Your Love (I Miss Loving) * Angel Eyes * Baby Please Don't Go * Basin Street Blues * Beale Street Blues * Bell Bottom Blues * Black Coffee * Crossroads * Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans * Everyday (I Have the Blues) * Fine and Mellow * Folsom Prison Blues * A Good Man Is Hard to Find * Hellhound on My Trail * (I) Can't Afford to Do It * I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues * Ice Cream Man * Lady Sings the Blues * Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) * Lucille * Mean Woman Blues * My First Wife Left Me * Nine Below Zero * Oh! Darling * Road Runner * Royal Garden Blues * St. Louis Blues * Steamroller Blues * Stormy Weather * Sweet Home Chicago * Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do * The Thrill Is Gone * Worried Man Blues * hundreds more!
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.