Piano Instruction Book: What's Best?
Finding the best adult piano instruction book for you depends a little on what you want to
learn. Generally, all the books need to start with the
basics. They need to show you how to read notes, how to hold your
hands, rhythm, and other details.
What you need to consider
from the beginning is what
type of music you
want to end up playing. Also, you'll need different books depending on
whether you're using a teacher or not.|
From what I've taught, here are my opinions of the best books:
The best overall
adult piano book:
Piano Adventures All-In-One (Faber and Faber).
Teaches the notes using
interesting songs and moves at a good
pace. Good for learning the basics and
on to classical
contemporary (i.e.. pop/rock) music.
I used to use Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One
Piano Book but Piano Adventures is
better. It still teaches you what you need to know and does a
good job doing it. It's a classic.
John W. Schaum Adult Piano
Another book that
has good reviews
but I haven't taught it
I would generally suggest getting private
lessons if you want to use a
book. And if you want the play classical music. And/or if
you need some
motivation to keep practicing.
Otherwise, I would recommend
taking an online piano
course like Rocket
They are a little more expensive than the books but less expensive than
books and a teacher. They're also good for practicing
and learning some things the books don't teach you (like chords for
If you're not sure which adult piano instruction book is right for you,
go into your
local music book store, look around, and ask what people
are buying. They'll have a good idea also of what's working.
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