Best Books to Learn Piano

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Best Books to Learn Piano

Learning to play an instrument has its own perks, it not only brings out the hidden talents within yourself but also acts as a therapy to your mind and soul. The piano is one of the oldest and the most popular musical instruments that have been in use in Churches, Theatres, and Operas for centuries. The piano produces a melody that is most pleasing to the ears and can touch your heart and soul, and also relieve you from all kinds of stress and tensions.

 If you are thinking to begin with learning how to play this beautiful instrument by yourself, then we have the best books written by Piano experts that will guide you in the best possible way and make you a smooth player, or who knows? Maybe a renowned Musician? Our list consists of books that are both for adults and kids who want to begin with their lessons and want to learn and play some of the easiest pieces of music on Piano.

1. Piano Book for Adult Beginners by Damon Ferrante

Piano Book for Adult Beginners
Piano Book for Adult Beginners

This Piano Book for Adult Beginners by Damon Ferrante is the perfect way to begin teaching yourself how to play this magical instrument. This book includes famous Piano Songs, pieces of music, theories, and techniques behind learning to play. This book also includes streaming video lessons that will prove to be very useful during your process of learning.

Recommended by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best beginner piano book, Piano Professor Damon Ferrante will guide you through step-by-step lessons, from recognizing the keys and scales to playing a whole musical piece. With the help of 20 streaming video lessons specially designed for beginners, you will learn how to play the piano easily and quickly.

2. Easy Piano Sheet Music for Kids by Alex Franklin

Easy Piano Sheet Music for Kids

Next on the list is a beginner’s book specially written for kids which makes learning how to play the piano very easy for them. This book by Alex Franklin is specially designed for kids so that they can easily follow the steps and learn to play the instrument themselves.

This beginner’s book comes with 40 familiar songs that every child is aware of. Some of the most common songs include Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary had a little lamb, Jingle bells, Baba Black sheep, and much more. This book is one of the best for kids, you can also use it for your toddlers to help them play these songs on their toy keyboards. Teachers can also use this book at school to teach children the tunes of nursery rhymes.

3. Primer Level – Lesson Book: Piano Adventures

Primer Level
Primer Level

Piano level lesson book by Nancy Faber where students can learn how to play the piano easily. This book will introduce them to keyboard, note values, and grand staff, which are absolutely necessary to know before beginning with play your music.

Nancy Faber will teach students to play in C- Five finger scale and provide them with step-by-step instructions to make them skilled musicians. This book also includes practice tips sample lessons and samples of the grand staff. This is undoubtedly an experimental book that will help you in turning into a skilled musician who is aware of all the skills and note values.

4. Beginner Piano Lessons for Kids Book by Jay Wamsted

Beginner Piano Lessons for Kids Book

A book that is ideal for children of 5 to 10 years of age and comes with online video and audio access, this book by Jay Wamsted is designed to teach absolute beginners how to play the Piano. One of the best books for schoolgoers who want to quickly learn how to play songs on piano includes step-by-step instructions and techniques along with instructions on how to use the left and right hand while playing.

The one-hour video lesson is specially designed for children to help them understand the rhythms maintaining proper form and time. Some of the most popular songs covered in this book are Mary had a little lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Rain Rain go away, and many more.

5. Big Book of Beginner’s Piano Classics by Bergerac and David Dutkanicz

Big Book of Beginner's Piano Classics
Big Book of Beginner's Piano Classics

A book for learners of age 7 and up, comes with 83 beloved piano classics that are taught with the most simplified steps. Each piece is carefully selected to develop skills among students and make learning to play easy for them.

The best part about this book is that students will be introduced to the musical pieces of master composers of the world including Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach. Some of the best pieces they will be learning include Für Elise and Ode to Joy by Beethoven, 9 works by Bach including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, 7 works by Chopin including Funeral March and the “Emperor” Concerto, and much more world-famous music. There cannot be a better book for young learners than this book by Bergerac and David Dutkanicz.

6. Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course
Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course

This book by Alfred is a beginner’s book for adults that will introduce them to chords and single-note melodies. People who follow this book will be able to learn to play some of the best internationally famous music pieces including Alpine Melody, The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island, Amazing Grace, Go Down, Moses, Little Christmas, and many more beautiful compositions. If you want to begin in the right way, then this Alfred’s Piano Lesson book is going to be your best guide.

After you finish with this book, you can also opt for other Alfred’s series to become a master like the expert himself.

7. The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences

The Complete Book of Scales

As the name suggests, in this book you will be learning all the necessary scales, cadences, chords, and arpeggios to be able to play like an expert. This book contains brief examples, fundamentals of major and minor scales, and the guide to fingering the scales. Also, there are exercises such as harmonizing scales, accelerating scales expanding scales, and many more important things.

This book can be a great guide for both children and adults since it provides an in-depth knowledge of all the important areas of a Piano.

8. Teaching Little Fingers to Play by John Thompson

Teaching Little Fingers to Play

A book for the earliest beginners written carefully by John Thompson, that will teach little fingers of your little ones to play some of the sweetest melodies right from an early age. This book has been kept as simple as possible keeping in mind the age groups of learners and make their learning experience cheerful and delightful.

Some of the popular songs your kids will be learning to play include The Birthday Party, Sandman’s Near, Rain on the Roof, The Bee, and many more beautiful and pleasing melodies. Buy your kids this simplest book of Piano lessons if you want to get amazed by their skills while they play the best melodies smoothly.

9. First 50 Popular Songs You Should Play On Piano

First 50 Popular Songs You Should Play On Piano

This book on our list is one of those “must-haves” that will introduce you to the best 50 popular songs and musical compositions that should definitely be on your playlists. The key to playing the best classics on Piano is now on your hands in the form of an easy-to-follow book that will introduce you to songs like Autumn Leaves, Hallelujah, Hotel California, Let it Go and many more enticing songs that you have always been humming.

Hal Leonard LLC is the world’s largest source of music performance and instructional materials and represents the greatest songwriters and artists of all time to help the young generation become the finest musicians. This book on our list by Hal Leonard LLC is truly a priceless book with valuable lessons.

10. John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course Part 1

John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course Part 1
John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course Part 1

The last one on our list is yet another book by John Thompson that follows the easiest Piano lessons for young learners. This book will especially be enjoyed by children for it features Characters and Illustrations, writing exercises, Sight-Reading Drills, Review Work, Accompaniments, and much more. The Worksheets and Accompaniments, and read-aloud exercises are specially included for Parents and Teachers to help students learn their lessons easily.

This step-by-step guide is all that children need to begin with their lessons. Since this book is a Part-1, children may proceed with the other series of this book when they are done with these lessons, and increase their level a little higher. The latest edition of this book features updated artwork by Sergio Sandoval that is amazing to see and encourages children to have a playful learning experience.

These 10 books on our list are the best ones, to begin with, your Piano lessons. Be it, Adults or Children, our list has books for learners of all stages, that will serve as the best guides to them. Now learning Piano by yourselves is not a big deal as long as you have these books written by expert musicians.

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