iReal b iPhone and iPad App

Time was when lugging several huge Real Books to every jam session or pick up gig was par for the course – a necessary evil in packing essentials for the night of on-the-fly music making ahead. However the iReal Book emerged two years ago as a logical pocket-sized alternative, packed with hundreds of popular standards all accessible through a scrolling A-Z. Yet thanks to copyright laws finally catching up the app’s developers the current incarnation of the app no longer comes pre-loaded with such jam session favourites as ‘Stella By Starlight’ or ‘Softly As In A Morning Sunrise’.

Now renamed the iReal b the functionality has improved exponentially enabling you to transpose any existing chord charts – that can either be generated via the iReal b online editor (see www. irealb.com/editor/) or downloaded free from the same site’s forums (see www.irealb.com/forums/) – to any key, magically changing every chord in the chart before your eyes, the app now also offers a very handy, and surprisingly good quality, built in ‘jazz trio’ play-along facility too. The clever bit here is not only will it play the song to your desired number of choruses, but you can also export the song as a WAV or AAC audio file for use on desktop computer or iPod.

Also allowing easy editing to change incorrect or add alternative chords and with the added bonus of being able to export the charts as printable PDFs, as well as write a set list of charts, this really is the ultimate gigging musicians jazz app, and all at the astonishingly low price of £4.99 from the iTunes App Store. For more go to www.irealb.com

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