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Fake Books - Preferred by professional musicians for generations. Why? Because they contain both the biggest collections, and the best selections of popular music you can get for your bucks - period.

Traditionally, the Fake Book is a printed book containing the melody, the chords and sometimes some or all of the words in a compact, no frills form. Rather than notate a specific background arrangement, these books leave it up to you to "Fake it", or make up your own arrangement. That is how they got their name, Fake Book.

Computers gave us both MIDI sequencers and auto-accompaniment software like Band-In-A-Box. These inventions gave rise to a new musical tool/toy,the Fake Disk. The Norton Music Fake Disk differs from the Fake Book in that it contains no melody. It provides an arrangement from the chord progression in the Fake Book. You can either play the melody from your Fake Book (by popular request, some Norton Music Fake Disks also come with an optional, accompanying printed Fake Book), or you can simply "Fake" the melody. You can even make up your own, new melody to an old song's chord progression*.

Musicians consistently agree that Norton Music's Fake Disks are some of the finest Fake Disks available in the world. Each song on each disk has been optimized for top performance in the Band-In-A-Box program. Finally, it is no longer necessary to have years of experience at the piano to get professional sounding arrangements with a Fake Book.

* Although you can copyright a song, you can neither copyright a song title nor can you copyright a chord progression. From the very beginning of modern western music, and continuing to the present day, composers and songwriters have written new compositions by using the chord structure or the chord progression of another song. In the 20th century, just about every field of popular music is full of songs with borrowed chord progressions (Rock, Jazz, Country, Latin, Dance, Reggae, etc.). Sometimes the borrowing of the progression is intentional, sometimes it is not, a composer's subconscious mind can store something it likes and then reinvent it later.

In the 1930's and The 1940's it was common for jazz musicians to write a new melody to some of the old standards they had played for years. They gave it a new name and published the new song with a copyright of its own. For Example: Groovin' High, by the late Dizzy Gillespie is actually the standard tune Whispering (by John Schonberger, Richard Coburn, and Vincent Rose), with a new, 'bop' melody. Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and other jazz giants participated in this practice. In fact, any given chord progression can cross the lines from one style or type of music to another. For example: Hot Hot Hot (soca), shares the same chord progression with La Bamba, Guantenamera, and others (Latin American); which is the very same chord progression as Louie Louie, Twist And Shout, and others (Rock And Roll) - I could go on and on for pages but by now you get the idea. How many songs written with a 12 bar blues progression can you name? I lost count after a few hundred and I think I barely scratched the surface.

Norton Music Fake Disks contain chord progressions only, and there are no copyrighted melodies or lyrics on the disks. * (See footnotes)

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It is important to note that all Norton Music Fake disks contain chord progressions only. There are no copyrighted melodies or lyrics on the disks. The song titles are used only to identify a particular chord progression. The song titles used are not the only songs to share any particular chord progression but conservation of space limits me to listing only one title per chord progression.

The melody and lyrics to each song are included in the compatible fake books. All copyrights are honored and royalties paid to the copyright holders.

The degree of compatibility of the songs with the currently available styles for Band-in-a-Box varies.

There are no user styles in any of the fake disks either by PG Music (the creators of Band-in-a-Box) or by Norton Music.

This disk is GUARANTEED to work with Band-in-a-Box

In the unlikely event the product is defective or gets corrupted during delivery, it will be replaced.

As is typical in the software industry, all sales are final.

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