[Dixielandjazz] Burning CDs - Sending Lead Sheets

John Farrell stridepiano at tesco.net
Fri Jun 3 00:01:09 PDT 2005

Steve Barbone said :

"Same thing with lead sheets. If you want a lead sheet, buy the sheet music
from a music store. If we continually trade music, sooner or later, the
originals will dry up. Then incorrect lead sheets will be passed around and
the degradation of the music will continue. Just like all those fake books
out there with the wrong changes, measures left out, etc."

It is all very well occupying the moral high ground on this subject - but in
a music store just try to purchase the sheet music for most of the classic
tunes in our specialised area of interest and you will find that it is
almost impossible to do so.  Furthermore practically all the sheet music
which is available in stores has been stripped down to an "easy-to-play"
skeleton and the changes simplified, little wonder that we look elsewhere
for music with some guts in it.

It is a similar scenario with many commercial fake books, they contain
boring and sometimes downright wrong changes. Be thankful for the people, in
particular those on this list, who are willing to provide the real McCoy
which cannot be obtained elsewhere. I'm one of them and, believe me, I have
no shortage of customers.

John Farrell

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