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In the past, several supplemental music books have been recommended. Fake books are books that contain a melody line along with chords and sometimes lyrics (but no accompaniment).These are a few that members have used:

Hal Leonard Easy Pop Melodies - https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Pop-Melodies-Correlates-Songbooks/dp/0793573858/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515543612&sr=1-1&keywords=hal+leonard+easy+pop+melodies+guitar

Hal Leonard More Easy Pop Melodieshttps://www.amazon.com/More-Easy-Pop-Melodies-Correlates/dp/079357384X/ref=pd_bxgy_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=079357384X&pd_rd_r=5V3VY2AGMHJCC9A1KGQN&pd_rd_w=QXFlA&pd_rd_wg=V4KRQ&psc=1&refRID=5V3VY2AGMHJCC9A1KGQN

Hal Leonard Even More Easy Pop Melodieshttps://www.amazon.com/Even-More-Easy-Pop-Melodies/dp/0793532353/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515543742&sr=1-1&keywords=even+more+easy+pop+melodies+guitar

The above books used to be sold as a book/CD set, but I'm not sure if those are still available. The ones I linked are currently sold as a book only.

Beyond Basics: Fingerstyle Guitar, Book & CDhttps://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Basics-Fingerstyle-Guitar-Book/dp/0769200397/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515543991&sr=1-1&keywords=mark+hanson's+beyond+basics+fingerstyle+guitar

There are also a variety of The Real Book's which are fake books. Be sure to look at ones for C instruments if you are interested in any of them. These tend to be more of a jazz style. Here is a link for The Real Christmas Bookhttps://www.amazon.com/Real-Christmas-Book-Lyrics/dp/1423433874/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1515544130&sr=8-8&keywords=the+real+fake+book

Mark Hanson and Muriel Anderson are a couple of guitarists/authors who have been recommended by other LMG members. 

One song that many fingerstyle players enjoy is Mark Hanson's Canyon Canon which is included in his book above Beyond Basics: Fingerstyle Guitar.



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When you have a little more skill I recommend either "Guitar Recorded Version" or "Authentic Tab Version" of your favorite artist. These advanced books have all the details in music notation, tab, tunings, effects, and multiple guitar parts.  

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Thanks for the info! I'll check out the Mark Hanson book.

The Hal Leonard books are still available. The cd version is still available, and the new version has online audio files that you can cut, loop, slow down, speed up... pretty much anything you can think of. They can also be downloaded as mp3s.

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On 8/28/2020 at 7:00 PM, Mike McCourt said:

The Fake Blues Book and the Fake Rock Book present great songs in easy to follow notation. Check'em out!

I have “The Real Blues Book” I don’t know if it’s about the same as the “FakeBook”. It has about 400 songs that are notated very simply. They don’t give much direction in the way of articulations.They seem to be something written out on a napkin that needs more work.

What I started do is look at a song I like, then google sheetmusic to see how some professionals  have  arranged it. Take, for example “Before You Accuse Me” I found the basic song Re-arranged by Bo Diddley, and another by  Eric Clapton. That way you can “tweak” the fake book or real book without getting too complicated. 


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