The Real Easy Book - Vol. 1
3-Horn Edition

Tunes for Beginning Improvisers

by Sher Music Co.

Drum Chart Supplement by Alan Hall now available!
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New! Expanded Three-Horn edition!

The same Real Easy Book, Level 1 used by school jazz ensembles world-wide now includes:

  • Three-horn arrangements of each tune
  • Separate pages for each horn player
  • Parts simple enough for beginning players, but which create fuller, much more interesting performances.
  • The new parts are written in a limited range to be playable by a variety of instruments.
  • Each tune now includes harmony parts for the melody, background parts behind soloists, ensemble 'shout choruses,' etc.
  • 172 pages of fun and rewarding arrangements by pianist/arranger/author Larry Dunlap.

The easiest tunes from Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Red Garland, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Cedar Walton, Wes Montgomery and more!

Get yourself — or your beginning jazz combo — sounding good right away with the first fake book ever designed for the beginning improviser:

  • Easy, but classic jazz tunes give the student a good start in learning the jazz repertoire. See the complete tune list below.
  • Sample piano voicings, guitar chord diagrams, sample bass lines and useful scales for improvisation are included with each tune, for easy reference.
  • Developed and road-tested for years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop's summer jazz camps. It works!
  • Each song will sound good played in rock, funk or Latin styles, as well as swing.
  • Perfect for individual students of all ages, as well as jazz combos.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed!
  • C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef versions available!
  • Spiral-bound, 172 pages.
YouTube Playlist of Tracks

Listen to and purchase "The Real Easy Book" Audio Demonstration Tracks of the 3 Horn Part Arrangements.

Please Note: The original edition of The Real Easy Book - Vol. 1 is permanently out of print. The 3-Horn version, however, is completely compatible with the original version, so there won't be any problem using both books together.

Complete List of Songs

Bags' Groove
Big Bertha
Blue Seven
Blues By Five
Blues In The Closet
Cold Duck Time
Edward Lee
Freedom Jazz Dance
Gingerbread Boy
Groove Merchant
Jive Samba
Jo Jo Calypso
Killer Joe
Listen Here
Little Sunflower
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Midnight Waltz

Mr. P.C.
One For Daddy-O
Red's Good Groove
Road Song
Short Stuff
Sir John
Sister Sadie
So Danco Samba
Song For My Father
Sonnymoon For Two
St. James Infirmary
St. Thomas
Straight Life
Tenor Madness
Trail Dust
When The Saints Go Marching In
Work Song
Yardbird Suite
Z's Blues


The Real Easy Book - Volume 1 is my all-time favorite entry-level fake book, and Volume 2 is just as impressive for the intermediate level improviser. I really like having a fake book with written-out scales for soloing, chord voicings, guitar diagrams and bass lines. The selection of tunes is awesome. Extraordinary care has been given to the accuracy of each tune. Both volumes should be required fake books for jazz improvisation instruction.”
— The Jazz Educators Journal

Finally a book made for people who are beginning to play jazz. A compilation of great tunes, presented with succinct information for all instrumentalists. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who is — or works with — a beginning improviser. Bravo!”
— Bruce Forman

This is exactly what I have been looking for for 35 years. This is great stuff - instant jazz combo! The results we have gotten from The Real Easy Book already are fabulous and suddenly lots of kids are not afraid of jazz and improvisation anymore. Thank you!”
— John Herdan

The Real Easy Book has become the backbone of our jazz program. One obvious benefit is collecting tunes of a similar difficulty level at a price that students can afford. Even more important is the format. The facing page of supplementary materials gives the students the tools they need when they need them. This semester's introductory jazz class achieved a much higher level than in any previous year. I credit The Real Easy Book for that!”
— Will Parsons

I cannot begin to tell you how perfect these books have been. I use the more difficult songs for my high school students, and have my 5th and 6th-graders play "St. James Infirmary" and "When The Saints Go Marching In." The scales make soloing a much less daunting process, the piano chords work great for comping and for instrumental backgrounds, but the most brilliant thing of all is having bass lines all written out. Thanks again for making such a perfect teaching tool.”
— Andrew Frappier