500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

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500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

Postby jfh2424 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:53 am

Hi, I am trying to broaden my knowledge of must-know standards. I know that I should be as familiar as possible with the entire book, but that may not be possible at this point.

I remember reading on another site that shall remain nameless that a list of 500 tunes was knocking about somewhere. Now, for sure this is not conclusive, but I wonder if anyone might have it?

Thanks!

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Re: 500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

Postby Rob Francis » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:33 pm

I remember the conversation and someone posted a couple great fake books. Unfortunately I lost them with a hard drive.

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Re: 500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

Postby hmagman » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:33 pm

Rob, check the "members only" column...up at the top.
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Re: 500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

Postby Rob Francis » Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:35 pm

hmagman wrote:Rob, check the "members only" column...up at the top.


Heh! I musta been hurricane impaired [smilie=smilie_kopf.gif]
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Re: 500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

Postby harleyyy » Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:46 pm

Rob Francis wrote:
hmagman wrote:Rob, check the "members only" column...up at the top.


Heh! I musta been hurricane impaired [smilie=smilie_kopf.gif]



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Re: 500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

Postby Rob Francis » Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:42 am

Thanks for askin' Peter.
Garry is getting soaked. . . here in Kissimmee it is just gray and soaking wet. Not torrential just a steady 3-4" per day of boredom :)
Fred and the guys in the SW got blasted too but so far it's been pretty gentle stuff/
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Re: 500 Standards You Must Know...Or Something Like That

Postby Uberjam » Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:22 pm

One thing you can do is just play along with the radio. Sometimes when I'm bored I'll just turn on classic rock or country station and just play along with the tunes. It sometimes takes the whole tune before you get the line but it's really good ear training and someday weeks or months later you'll be playing some people and they'll call a tune you're not sure you know. Then when they start playing you'll recognize it and fall right into place. I've "happened to know" tons of tunes this way.

Most of the tunes everybody would be expected to know are oldie standards like mustang sally, my girl, sweet home Alabama, all that crowd pleaser stuff. Another tune that I suggest everybody know in all keys is happy birthday. If you plan on playing music in front of people at all, then you will one day be asked if you know happy birthday. Auld lang syne is also a good tune to know if you want to do a gig on new years. Knowing how to play those couple of simple tunes will really step up your professionalism. People will see your group as really well prepared if at the first mention of a birthday, your band starts rumbling on the five as your lead man asks the birthday girl up to the stage before he leads the crowd through a single chorus of happy birthday. I saw a band once that would play the first thing with everybody singing then play the changes with a ska feel and guitar solo. whatever works for your bands style. [smilie=cool-smiley-030.gif]
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