'One, Two; One, Two Three....'.
'Hold on! Hold on!' shouts the bass player, hunting through his chord book. 'Does it come under I for I'm Crazy? No. I can't find it.'
'Try under C,' calls the piano player. 'You've probably got it as Crazy 'Bout My Baby'.
How often I have heard such conversations delaying the start of tunes and also making the band look incompetent.
|A Friend's Chord Book|
Another troublesome problem is how to handle tunes beginning with an apostrophe.
In my case, I keep little notebooks containing leadsheets. These are supported by a separate Index. I have found the best solution for this Index is to show letters only. In other words, I get rid of all spaces and punctuation marks. I then let the computer 'sort' the titles in alphabetic order and - by thinking only of the letters, I can instantly find any tune. Here's an extract from my Index:
and this tells me the tune is to be found in Notebook One, Page 143.
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