how to use a realbook

first and foremost: use it the way you want !

second: use it when you need it.
  for example i do not play in a regular band, but regularly in sessions.
  sometimes i do not know the name of musicians i play with, very very cool in my opinion.
  to have a common set of tunes for sessions is simply stupid.

third: "have fun"

  • practice at a session: take any tune, start with the first bar, do it, play with it, advance to the second, again play, end when the whole tune was played (or sometime else).
  • useing a realbook does not mean playing the 30+ tunes everyone does. reading a book means reading every page, not every 10th or so.
  • playing music without listening to the original, is a lot of fun, and the most might be if you listen to the "original" afterwards. trying to find your way by always referring to others is ... 
all the best




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