Re: Fake Books

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Posted by Art H on April 10, 2002 at 22:32:16:

In Reply to: Fake Books posted by Jon Brady on April 10, 2002 at 14:18:51:

The trouble with bass clef fakebooks is that they are generally written for trombone. That means lots of ledger lines on top of the staff, which can be a pain to read. Also, no matter what book you get there will always be a song you need that is not in your book but is in some other treble clef book.

Although I have never been a really good sight-reader I decided to learn to read treble clef just so that I could use standard lead-sheets and fakebooks. I started by reading songs that I already sort of knew, and eventually developed a passable level of skill. Believe me, it's much easier when most of the notes are in the staff! And when the oboe player doesn't show up for band practice it's great fun to play her solos on the tuba.

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