It was immediately embraced by most all gigging and learning jazz musicians as an indispenseable, must have resource to have in your possession. Jazz sheet music was really nowhere to be found.

And the leadsheet format was so much closer to the jazz philosophy of improvisation, abstraction and interpretation.

Jazz musicians generally  treat the composition as the starting point, and so they might alter the melody notes, the timing of the notes, or the chords.

Other fakebooks soon followed the RealBook Volume 1.

Sometime in the 1980's a RealBook
Volume 2 emerged.

It is now reborn here as a full featured software program for Windows and Mac.

It has all the same great features that made the RealBook Software Volume 1 such a big hit (and continues to roll out new improvements)
.
     Engraving quality Finale rendered charts
     Thousands of jazz lead sheets (better than sheet music)
     All Four major transpositions
     Hundreds of reference audios
     Find, sort and tag commands for easy song
     Key, tempo and style indications for each song
     Online song and artist researcher
     Save your online resource links along side your song.
    Lyrics display pane
    Randoizer to shuffle both charts and audios. Great for study!
   
Free Bonus files:
                  Multitrack MIDIs for play along etc
                  9 audio interviews with famous jazz artists
And so, so much more.

The RealBook Software Volume 2 is available as both a Stand Alone version for Windows and Mac as well as a cross platform "plugin" that allows you to import the Volume 2 content into your RealBook Software Volume 1 database.
RealBook Volume 2
Other Jazz Software Products in our Fakebook Series

Specifications
Pages/Panes..........
Total Charts............
Transpositions........
Unique Charts.........
Total Audios...........
Total Audio Time.....
Audio Artists...........
Composers.............
Styles....................
Keys Indicated........
Tempos Indicated....
Styles Indicated......
Find/Sort/Tag..........
Finale Recreation....
Printable Charts......
Plugin for Volume 1.
Web Link Resource
Software Version.....
Instant Download.....
DVD.......................
Windows OS..........
Apple OS...............
Price.for Download..
Price.for DVD.........
Bonuses.................

1810
• 1666
• C, Bb, Eb, Bass Clef
• 426
• 445
• 45 hours:22 min:41 sec
• 213
• 243
• 46
• Yes
• Yes
• Yes
• Yes
• Yes
• Yes
• Yes
• Yes
• 5.01
• Yes
• Yes
• XP, Vista, 7, 8,10
• OSX 10.4 and up
• $127.00 USD
• same + shipping
• Yes:
     715 MultiTrack MIDIs
     9 interviews 2:07:38
And finally, this was mentioned on the RealBook Software Volume 1 page, but it is worth mentioning again...

A steal of a deal:
If you were to purchase the original fakebooks in all 4 transpositions, that would set you back
$140.00 or more.

If you were to purchase the audios (if you could find them) for, let's say
$0.99 each that would run you a bit over $493.00.

That is over
$633.00 so far...
And of course that doesn't take into account the amount of time it would take you to do all of that.

Add to that all of the time saving, organizational, convenience functions and features of having all of this in a software database and the value skyrockets.

Price:
I'm sure you'll agree, this delivers extremely high value for an extremely low price of
$127.00 for the download or $127.00 plus shipping for the DVD (final price depends on your shipping speed choice). Or Download right now and Get the DVD for only $18.24 more (to cover manufacturing and shipping costs).

The price is the same for either the Stand Alone version or the Plugin
(but you do need to own the RealBook Software for the plugin version)
The Jazz RealBook Volume 2
The original Volume 1, 5th edition of the Realbook came out in the early to mid 70's.
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