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Which real book? (not fake vs real)

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by CounterpointFTW, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. CounterpointFTW


    Dec 11, 2007
    Ive decided to get a real book as i have started playing in a jazz combo. i have heard that the Bass clef version does not have bass lines but just the melodies written in bass clef. I can read treble clef, not as fluently but i can, and also what is included in the "C" instrument real book? also i am going to get the 6th edition.

    So which book should i buy? bass clef, treble or concert C?
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Bass or Treble both are fine.
  3. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
  4. DocBop


    Feb 22, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I would get the treble clef edition because you will find yourself in situation that you will need to share your RB. Also good to keep your treble clef reading up to date.

    I mainly still use my Real Book "Pacific Edition" I bought almost thirty years ago. Also checkout the Sher New Real Books you see those on gigs a lot too.
  5. CounterpointFTW


    Dec 11, 2007
    ahh thanks for everyones replies, especially for the link.

    i have another question, is it useful to read treble fluently as well as bass?

    another thing is that im not very fluent at reading bass clef, i can hack my way through a song but not as fluent as i should be so i may just get the bass real book.

    also the bass real book does not contain bass lines, only melodies correct?
  6. Jactap


    Aug 4, 2006
    Bremerton, Wa
    The Real Book for the most part only has melodies. The one I have gives the bass line for some songs. I think its if the song has a specific bass line. I'm also a clarinet player so I'm quite fluent with bass and treble clef. Alto and tenor clef, that's a different story.
  7. brivello


    Jun 27, 2008
    I would get the bass clef real book. Even though it would be beneficial to be able to share your real book, It is always good to practice sight reading!!! and 99% of the reading you do on the bass, will be bass clef.
  8. CounterpointFTW


    Dec 11, 2007
    ahh ok then bass clef it is as sight reading is very important. i am fluet in treble clef but on trumpet not bass, and ill expand that some later time.
    thanks for all of your responses.
  9. Get the treble cleff version! For the rest of your life, if someone gives you a sheet with melody it will be in treble cleff, the basslines will be in bass clef, just like it's written in the 'standard' real book. Better get used to it now.
    Also, like someone mentioned, you'll probably share the book with others, make copies from it for bandmates and if you want to become a 'serious' player you'll start playing those tunes on the piano.
    I play a lot of pro jazz gigs and I've never even seen a bass cleff realbook in real life.
  10. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    The Real book I bought was bass clef, just because at the current time I'm better at reading Bass clef. I can read treble, but it just seemed more feasible at the current moment for me.

    As said before, most of the book is just the melodies. The bass line is written only when it needs to be specific. (Take that statement with a grain of salt of course. :))
  11. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Four of my seven hard copy Real Books are bass cleff. I have one of the PDF RB discs for printing copies.

    I can only recall once, a guitar player needed to read off my stand. Since he didn't need to play the head, he was still able to comp and solo on the tune. I understand the idea of being able to share the book, but would still prefer bass cleff.
  12. E2daGGurl


    May 26, 2008
    I've got digital versions of bass cleff real books (2 of them, anyway) and it's really fun to do the sight reading from them. It helps with building lines, too (I"m at the part of my line building exercises where I'm trying to incorporate some bits of melody), so it's really useful.

    Let those treble cleff readers get their own real books. Ha.
  13. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Then you might enjoy this...

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