C Instruments, Melody/Lyrics/Chords - Difficulty: easy-medium
C Edition. Composed by Various. Hal Leonard Fake Books. Folk. Fakebook. With vocal melody, lyrics and chord names. 536 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.240151).
Item Number: HL.240151
ISBN 0634012703. 9.6x12 inches.
The ultimate collection of over 1,000 folksongs perfect for performers, school teachers, and hobbyists. This book includes a huge variety of songs spanning hundreds of years and originating from America, England, Canada, Britain, Scotland, Ireland, and other countries. It includes all styles of folk music, including spirituals, cowboy songs, sea chanteys, work songs, children's songs, love ballads, protest songs, and more. Titles include: All the Pretty Little Horses * All Through the Night * The Ash Grove * Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair * The Blue Tail Fly * Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie * Clementine * The Cruel War Is Raging * Danny Boy * Deep River * Down by the Salley Gardens * The Erie Canal * Git Along, Little Dogies * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * Home on the Range * The House of the Rising Sun * How Can I Keep from Singing? * Hush, Little Baby * Jacob's Ladder * John Henry * Kumbaya * Lonesome Valley * Michael Row the Boat Ashore * The Old Chisolm Trail * Shall We Gather at the River * Shenandoah * Simple Gifts * The Streets of Laredo * Swing Low, Sweet Chariot * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Yankee Doodle * and many, many more! Features the original version of each tune, and all known verses.
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.