The Tango Fake Book™©
Tango Sheet Music: Melody + Chords a la parrilla

last update 07.05.14


Tango Fake Book Cover The Tango Fake Book™© is a book of sheet music containing over one hundred pieces: tangos, milongas, vals, tango nuevo, and tango canción. Each has lead melody line, often popular counter-melodies and variations, and chord symbols above the staff. Composer and date of composition (if available) too; all are in the most common original keys.

The Tango Fake Book is available in both 2/4 and 4/4 versions.

A very broad spectrum of composers and styles are represented. The pieces include selections from among the very first tangos, from before 1900; Guardia vieja tunes; Golden Age tangos; and modern and recent compositions.
See below for a complete list of tunes.

This book of sheet music is meant for a la parrilla playing (improvised arrangements); the charts are intentionally clear and simple. All are intended to be quickly readable in a live situation.
And every effort has been made to make these partituras as accurate as possible, so they are also good for study, and for a basis for an original arrangement.
The sheets are A4 size, and are in alphabetical order (excluding articles 'el' and 'la'). It is ringbound and lays flat for easy reading.

Sorry, we do not send electronic copies; no PDFs or Finale files.

Also available: complete transcriptions of orquesta and quinteto tango music. Please write for a list. See also the Transcriptions page.

And look for the Vocal Tango Fake Book soon!


The Tango Fake Book is available in three ways:
In these fine stores: Webshops: From me directly:
Central Music
5038 N Central Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012 USA
+1 602 274 6532
Coming soon! Email: fakebook [at] harmonk [dot] com
Milano's Music
38 W Main St
Mesa AZ 85210 USA
+1 480 833 2323
Tel: +31 (0)6 291 88 450
(Amsterdam NL)
When ordering from me directly, i can accept:
1. Check or money order-- allow two weeks for clearance and shipping.
2. Account transfer-- allow one week for shipping.


Click on a song title below for a sample tango from The Tango Fake Book™©, in downloadable and printable form.

These scores changes periodically, so check back here often.

To open these PDF files, you must have PDF software installed, such as Adobe Reader.

El último café (tango canción) PDF
El llorón (milonga) PDF

(Exact song list may change! Watch this page for updates.)

9 de julio (tango)
9 puntos (tango)
A la gran muñeca (tango)
A media luz (tango)
Adios juventud (vals)
Afiches (tango canción)
Alguien le dice al tango
Alma en pena (tango)
El amanecer (tango)
Amigazo (tango)
Azabache (milonga)
Bahía blanca (tango)
Bajo en cielo de estrellas (vals)
Balada para un loco
Boedo (tango)
Buen amigo (tango)
Buen compleaños (birthday tango)
La cachila (tango)
Cafetín de Buenos Aires (tango canción)
Cambalache (tango)
Caminito (tango)
Campo afuera (milonga)
Canaro en Paris (tango)
Cara sucia (tango)
Caserón de tejas (vals)
Che bandoneón (tango)
El chino pantaleón (milonga)
Chiqué (tango)
Chiquilín de bachín
El choclo (tango)
El ciruja (tango)
Comme il faut (tango)
Corazón de oro (vals)
La cumparsita (tango) - with variación
Danzarín (tango)
De pura cepa (milonga)
Derecho viejo (tango)
Desde el alma (vals)
El día que me quieras (tango canción)
Don Juan (tango)
En este tarde gris (tango)
Ensueños (tango)
El entrerriano (tango)
Felícia (tango)
El firulete (milonga)
Flor de lino (vals)
Flores de alma (vals)
Gallo ciego (tango)
Garufa (tango)
Gota de llúvia (vals)
Hotel Victoria (tango)
La huella (milonga)
Illusión de mi vida (vals)
Inspiración (tango)
Jacinto Chiclana
Julián (tango)
Lagrimas y sonrisas (vals)
Loca (tango)
La loca de amor (vals)
El llorón (milonga)
Luna de arrabal (vals)
Mala junta (tango)
Mala pinta (tango)
Malena (tango canción)
Los mareados (tango)
Mentías (vals)
Mi Buenos Aires querido (tango canción)
Milonga de mis amores (milonga)
Milonga del 900 (milonga)
Milonga sentimental (milonga)
Milonga vieja milonga (milonga)
Milongueando en el 40 (tango)
Milonguero viejo (tango)
Nada (tango canción)
Naranjo en flor (tango)
Nocturna (milonga)
Nostalgias (tango canción)
Oblivión (Piazzolla milonga)
Ojos negros (tango)
El once (tango)
Organito de la tarde (tango)
Pablo (tango)
Palomita blanca (vals)
Papas calientes (tango)
Pedacito de cielo (vals)
Pena mulata (milonga)
El pollo Ricardo (tango)
Por una cabeza (tango canción)
La puñalada (milonga)
Quejas de bandoneón (tango)
Recuerdo (tango)
Recuerdos de Paris (tango)
Re fa si (tango)
Reliquias porteñas (milonga)
Rodriguez peña (tango)
Romance de barrio (vals)
Si soy así (tango)
Silueta porteña (milonga)
Sur (tango canción)
Tabaco (tango)
Taquito militár (milonga)
Toda mi vida (tango)
La torcacita (tango)
El torito (milonga)
La trampera (milonga)
Trenzas (tango)
El último café (tango canción)
Uno (tango canción)
Volver (tango)
Yira yira (tango)