#1
Okay, so I just bought the Real Book Hal Leonard Sixth Edition. Just from glancing at the index I would say there is at least 200 songs and I don't know where to begin. What songs do I need to look at? I guess I'm a beginner so don't recommend me anything too complex. Someone please help me.
#2
Your best bet is to start off with something modal, or perhaps a jazz blues, i.e. So What, Impressions, All Blues, Blue Monk, etc...

After that, maybe go on to some easier standards such as Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, Take Five, Black Orpheus, ...

All the way through to Spain, Giant Steps and Stella By Starlight!
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#3
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Your best bet is to start off with something modal, or perhaps a jazz blues, i.e. So What, Impressions, All Blues, Blue Monk, etc...

After that, maybe go on to some easier standards such as Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, Take Five, Black Orpheus, ...

All the way through to Spain, Giant Steps and Stella By Starlight!


Yeah, this is definitely good advice. You might also check out Straight, No Chaser and All the Things You Are if you're looking for some more specific recommendations. All the ones listed above work well and aren't very hard.

And Autumn Leaves is pretty much THE jazz standard. It's quite simple, yet extremely effective for practicing.
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#4
All of what was said above are great choices. My favorite of all of those is 'All the Things You Are'. It was the first jazz standard I learned, and I absolutely love it.

But ya, Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves, Take Five are all great choices to start off with.
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