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Fakebook - the Real Book

Fakebook - the Real Book

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

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Thousands of pro musicians agree: Fakebook is the perfect gig companion, and a real bargain at this price. Sure, you love your well-worn Real Book, dog-eared at all the right places, sharpie-corrected at all the wrong, stained with coffee and beer... But now the Fakebook app gives you all the tunes you need. In the pocket. All the time.

The Fakebook music reader comes preloaded with chord progressions for more than a thousand of the classic jazz standards from The Real Book ed 1,2,3,4,5... Instantly transpose the collection for Bb, Eb or F instruments, or transpose individual songs to suit the soloist or singer. Add your own songs, import PDF files, music sheets, chord charts and lyrics from other formats (e.g. iReal Pro / iReal b, ChordPro or ABC notation). Include your precious original songbooks or paper-napkin fakesheets using the phone's camera, import stored photos or PDF books from the web. Add your own notes, marks and reminders - it is now possible to draw and annotate on all charts regardless of format. Then share your songs using mail, Facebook, Bluetooth, Dropbox and more.

An always accessible search bar, song browser and list editor provides instant access to all songs. Great on a jam or when taking requests! You can store and edit setlists, easily drag and drop songs to reorder, add and delete to create your own songbooks. When on stage, just swipe to the next chart or use a wireless foot pedal. Thanks to the lyrics support Fakebook is ready for any gig.

Fakebook is the ultimate tool for practicing. The app includes more than 1500 Spotify and YouTube links for the pre-loaded Real Book jazz standards. Search for recordings with a single click or use the built-in metronome, which remembers and synchronizes to the tempo you choose. The unobtrusive live metronome guides you also without sound.

Compared with other similar apps:
* Chord syntax, style, font and looks like the original Real Books.
* Import and add PDF files, images, lyrics and other sheet music formats - from web, sdcard, phone camera.
* PDF batch import automates indexing and naming of common Real Book, Vocal Book and Gig Book collections.
* Supports lyrics! Imports ChordPro songs with both chords and lyrics.
* Annotate on any song, freehand drawing on charts regardless of file format.
* Adjust screen and font to suit the location, light or your eyes. Enlarge text up to 200% for easier sight-reading. Choose Real Book script, handwriting or easy to read sans serif fonts.
* Rotate screen as you like. Landscape format gives great overview - both on phones and tabs.
* Extremely compact (the app including 1200 songs, thousands of links and integrated PDF viewer is about 2.5 MB).
* Local storage, no Internet access needed.
* Low requirements on resources, no strange permissions.
* Direct links to real performances on Spotify and YouTube.
* Flexible setlist management, drag and drop in playlists.
* AirTurn and PageFlip support for easy switching between songs.
* Live metronome.

For a nice comparison of music reader and tablature apps like Fakebook, iReal Pro, Gigbook, iGigbook, Unrealbook, Guitar tabs, ChordPad, forScore, Musicians apps, Googol Song Book, Setlist Helper, LinkeSoft Song Book, GuitarTapp Pro, Ultimate Guitar, Guitar Pro, GuitarTab Player, MobileSheets, Musicnotes and OnSong; have a look at This table shows all the apps and their features.

Note that this app is in no way associated with iReal Pro / iReal b / iRealBook and does not require any other purchase. But Fakebook will import the same chord sequences as supported by the iReal Pro / iReal b / iRealBook app and editor, which means that there is a huge collection of free songs available for download and free utilities available for conversion from other formats.
PDF files are not included, but scripts for downloading, importing and indexing most common Real Books and Vocal Books are provided via a link in the app.

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Recently changed in this version

- Annotation. Scribble down notes, mark sections. Freehand drawing on all songs, regardless of file type!
- Rotate images.
- Edit song info.

- PDFB scripts automate PDF indexing. Examples how to import The Real Book, The Vocal Book, Slickbook and others + create your own scripts on and

- PDF support.
- Live metronome.

- Lyrics! Support for ChordPro.

Comments and ratings for Fakebook - the Real Book
  • (66 stars)

    by Scott Williams on 03/06/2014

    I purchased the app then had a question for the developer so I sent an email.-No response. I tried to upload pdf files. It let me do 5 before they were all blank.

  • (66 stars)

    by Ali Chamas on 27/05/2014

    Good app in general but why does the search bar stay visible even after tapping on song area? I've picked my song and ready to play live but search bar takes almost 10secs to hide itself. This makes me anxious. Please auto-hide if user taps song area, or hide quicker (2 secs).

  • (66 stars)

    by Louis Vega on 18/05/2014

    A musician's best friend

  • (66 stars)

    by Peter Rubie on 10/05/2014

    Very useful on the gig.

  • (66 stars)

    by Shawn Montalvo on 24/03/2014

    Although this app was not what I intended it to be the company was great to resolve my issue. I'm thankful to know that my refund is coming. Thank you for great customer service and a quick reply.

  • (66 stars)

    by Shadd Bradshaw on 14/03/2014

    I had problems at first but after a quick uninstall and reinstall, its top notch again...thx

  • (66 stars)

    by Lance Loiselle on 06/03/2014