[Harp-L] Jazz crossover tunes

philharpn@xxxxx philharpn@xxxxx
Fri Mar 3 14:13:03 EST 2017

Why waste your time checking with what people can remember? Cut to the chase. 

Get a fake book (legit versions have been around forever!) Plus, all you have to do is flip pages instead of trying to job faded and faulty memories. 

Fake books use the lead sheet format: melody line in notation, chord name (C7, Dm) and lyrics. Even if you can't read music, the lyrics usually give you enough clue to how a song goes for you to hum or whistle the tune
And if you really need some tab, go to harptabs <https://www.harptabs.com/ruler.php> for a pdf tab ruler that tells you what the notes are in each key. So all you have to do is match the key (match key signature: 1 flat, 1 sharp) on the ruler with the one in sheet music and you can write down blow 4 or draw 5 -- just like Charlie Musselwhite did in that trumpet book he found in a second hand shop years ago.

Try a copy of "The Easy Jazz Standards Fake Book: 100 Songs in the Key of C" which also comes in a Kindle edition. The full size (9 x 12 inches) and 160 pages is $10 for Kindle and $17 for paper folio.

All the tunes are in the key of  C, you can play the tunes on a C harp in first position. And since all harps are congruent, if you want to play any of the tunes in the book in the key of A or F, all you have to do is switch harps -- or positions.  

 100 must-have jazz standards presented in larger notation with simplified harmonies and melodies, with all songs in the key of C, and introductions for each song, to add a more finished sound to the arrangements. Includes: Alice in Wonderland * All or Nothing at All * Over the Rainbow * April in Paris * Begin the Beguine * Blue Moon * Body and Soul * Cry Me a River * Darn That Dream * Easy to Love * Embraceable You * Fascinating Rhythm * Good Morning Heartache * Harlem Nocturne * How Long Has This Been Going On? * I Get a Kick out of You * It Ain't Necessarily So * Just One of Those Things * A Kiss to Build a Dream On * Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) * Lollipops and Roses * Love Walked In * Lullaby of Birdland * Mack the Knife * Nice Work If You Can Get It * Night and Day * On Green Dolphin Street * The Shadow of Your Smile * Someone to Watch Over Me * These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) * A Time for Love * When Sunny Gets Blue * Willow Weep for Me * You Do Something to Me * You Stepped Out of a Dream * and more.

Another is "Real Little Ultimate Jazz Fake Book" a half size format at 9 x 6 inches with "over 625 songs" and a spiral binding (stays open easy) for the expensive price of $37.50 at Amazon. This is not available in Kindle version--only paper.

FYI: You don't need a Kindle brand name E-reader or Kindle Fire tablet to read Kindle format documents. You can read Kindle stuff on iPhone, iMacs, PC (iOS, Android, Mac & PC) with the free Kindle App at the Amazon site. Also, you can load your own stuff (with some limitations) to your Kindle account -- so if you have a special chart, just scan it and send it to you account..Simply go to the Apply APP Store, Google Play or Download PC & Mac--or enter your email or mobile number to deliver the Kindle App to your device. 


Hope this helps,


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Hale <robert at xxxxx>
To: Michelle LeFree <mlefree at xxxxx>
Cc: harp-l <harp-l at xxxxx>
Sent: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 12:26 pm
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Jazz crossover tunes

On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 10:32 AM, Michelle LeFree <
mlefree at xxxxx> wrote:

> "Don't Get Around Much Any More."

​Hi Michelle,

I DO like that one! and have played it at jazz events. You're right, fun

Robert Hale
Serious Honkage in Arizona

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