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I know there are a zillion topics like these, but i'm wondering what piano books would you recommend? I am self-taught, I am on the borderline of beginner and intermediate, but some things I haven't learned on the beginner side (of course) Looking for a book that's easy to understand (writing wise). I borrowed the "Older Beginner Piano Course Level 1 by James Bastein" from my school, and hated it because it was hard to understand to somebody like me who just started playing an instrument. I learn fairly fast (if that helps at all). Want to learn how to read ledger lines without difficulty, Some theory (such as symbols and what they mean) Just a really good book that covers everything and written in an understandable manner. (or series of books) Age is 14...
Last edited in 2017-06-04 08:19


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  • Beatles

    Thank you-- I will have to check out all of them.. Sightreading would help a lot especially since I know I have a bit of trouble with it.

    4th June, 2017

  • KatieKitty

    Hey, i know that one of the harder things to learn is to be a good sight reader, but it is also the very best thing to learn. So i suggest as your starting out to learn your sight reading as much as possible. there is a book on the site where i get my sheet music which helps with sight reading. its found at http://www.mx-music.com/Sheets/SightReading.pdf check it out. Hope it helps!

    4th June, 2017

  • Michael

    Hi. I'm not really self taught but the book that my teacher taught me out of was awesome because it has solos, technique, and theory all in one. Its called Adult Piano Adventures and the author is Nancy and Randall Faber. I went through this book pretty fast and I was able to get into the second book by my second semester. (I took piano lessons at school) If you're interested, i think that i got both books for pretty cheap on eBay. I hope this helps some.

    4th June, 2017

  • AComposer

    Hi!! I am also self-taught, but what helped me was playing around with the music. For example, when a piece had "8va" on it I thought logically that it had to do with playing the written note differently; I played it 1 octave higher and it was correct. Playing songs that you know or have a recording of really helps. This website helped me, too. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you will see the heading "Other Stuff". Click on "Music Glossary" for definitions on different musical terms or click "Music Theory" for some of the basics. I appologize, though, that I never used a piano book that teaches you piano; instead I bought a book that's claims it's for "players of all levels". I thought it would be fun because I know almost all of the songs in it. It's called "Piano Classics", printed by Main Street. (Here's the URL if you're interested: http://www.sterlingpublishing.com/catalog?isbn=9780760770115) Good luck!!


    Sorry, the URL didn't go directly to the page. If you want to see it, type "Piano Classics" in the upper tight-hand corner under "Quick Search".

    4th June, 2017

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