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My Real Book

My Real Book

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Welcome to MyRealBook.com !
MyRealBook.com is a new site that offers you, jazz musicians, more thanone thousand
jazz charts.Find below an example of 
Love For Sale
, a well known tune by ColePorter. You will be able to select tunes, transpose them in any tonality,build tune lists and get them in PDF format with additional transpositionfor B flat and E flat instruments, and much more...
This site is actually in beta version, and some of its great features are not yet publicly available.
What can I get on this site?
At this time, you can:
Search a tune by its title or any part of its title.
Select a transposition for a specific instrument (C, Bb or Eb)
Display the corresponding chart in PDF format
Print the chart
Save the chart to your local computer disk for future use
Send the chart by mail to any mail address.
New:Display all paper real books containing a given tune.
How much does it cost ?
Nothing. This site is free for you to use. It is paid for by the ads displayed on each page
Do I have to register to use this site ?
No, you do not even need to register to get charts. You can do so in a totally anonymous way. However, some future functionsmay need you to register and create a personal account (see "Roadmap below").
Will this site remain free ?
Basic use (such as selecting a tune and getting the corresponding chart) will remain free. We hope to add many otherfunctions (see "Roadmap below") while continuing to provide free access, paid for by the ads. If however this model proves notto be viable, we might offer some advanced functionalities for a small annual fee. This will depend upon this site popularity. So,help us help you: make all you friends use this site. The more users, the more chances there are for this site to remain free.
We hope to introduce the following functions in the near future:
Transpose charts to any key (helpful for singers!)
Group charts into personal real books (for example for a specific gig) with ability to record meta data (gig date andlocation, emails of other musicians, personal notes...)
Create C, Bb and Eb version of each book.
Send each version of each book to specific email addresses.
Many other functions...
Help us make this site better
Do not hesitate to contact us to report any problem or to request new features. We clearly want to hear from you!
Why are melodies not available?
This site would of course be much more useful if the charts would include the melodies. However, this would infringe copyrightlaws. You will not find melodies here.
Who are we ?
We are musicians, like you. We are developing this site mostly because we need it. We hope it will also be useful to you. Notethat English is not our primary language. So, if you are English native speakers and want to help us make this site better byimproving the text, do not hesitate to contact us!
How to read charts
If you are using this site, you are supposed to know how to use charts. The following will simply explain the specificities of ourcharts.For informations of how to read charts, you may refer to one of the many site dedicated to this subject. For example:
Jazz scale 
Chord notation 
Jazz chord 
Interval (music) 
Major scale 
Minor scale 
myrealbook charts specificities
In music, and specially in Jazz music, there are many ways to represent things. Here are some guidelines to use our charts.
Tune form
Charts are optimized for easy reading. This means that the form of the tunes is emphasized as much as possible. Parts arelabeled with letters. For example, and AABA tune will be displayed with four parts if it can fit on a single page. If not, a repeatsign will be used for the first two A parts. We try to avoid D.C. when possible.We use 4/4 for time indication for tunes that may be played as 4/4 or 2/2. This applies, in particular to Latin tunes. For swingtunes, it's up to the musician to choose to play in 2 or in 4.
Style and tempo
We do not indicate the tempo, but we give and indication of style, as follows:
Afro: 12/8, 6/4 or ternary 4/4. Tempo around 100-120 quarter notes by minute.
Ballad: mostly ternary. Tempo around 60 quarter notes by minute.
Bossa Nova: Binary. Tempo between 40 and 80 half notes by minute.
Even Eights: Binary. No specific tempo indication.
Funk: Binary. No specific tempo indication, but generally medium to up tempo.
Latin: Binary. No specific tempo indication.
Shuffle: Ternary. Tempo between 80 and 180 quarter notes by minute.
Slow swing: Ternary. 40 to 80 quarter notes by minute.
Medium Swing: Ternary. 80 to 140 quarter notes by minute.
Medium Up Swing: Ternary. 140 to 180 quarter notes by minute.
Up Tempo Swing: Ternary. 180 to 240 quarter notes by minute.
Pop Rock: Binary. No specific tempo.
Waltz: 3/4 measures with no tempo indication. This style is ternary because it is in reality composed of one dotted halfnote by measure, which can be divided into three quarter notes.It is important to note that these are only indications. Most tunes can be played in most styles. Trying new styles with old tunesmay lead to interesting surprises (or complete disasters).
Chord symbols
Chord symbols determine the scale in use at each point of a tune. There can be as many chords in a measure as there arebeats (this is a limitation of
charts).Chords are use for their function in the tune, and to indicate what scale can be played when improvising. Not to indicateexactly what notes are used in the chords. This means that the following are equivalent:
C^9They all mean a Major seventh C chord. This chord is composed of the following notes: C E G B D, with the possible additionof A (the thirteenth, or sixth), but no F since this note must not be played in a Major chord.

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