There are two main ways to go about getting beginner piano music. The first is working through a book, the second is picking out pieces you'd like to play (and I have a great resource for this).
Beginner piano music is pretty wide ranging. You could be an absolute beginner and have never played much on the piano before and are trying to figure out where to start.
Or you are a beginner who may have learned a bit but are looking for a bit more music to play and practice with.
We'll cover both below.
There are 2 different types of piano books of beginner music you can choose and what is best depends on what you want.
Do you want to learn?
Or do you want to practice and play more?
The first type of beginner piano music you can use is piano books that teach you to play piano and use different beginning pieces for each technique.
This is what is most common and using these books helps you not to get overwhelmed if something is difficult or if you haven't learned it yet.
They have music that progresses from easier to harder, teaching concepts along the way. This is the type of piano book you'd use with a piano teacher and if you are focused on learning rather than just playing or practicing.
I have stuck to using the Alfred books when teaching piano for years now. The right book for you does depend on your age. You can check out the Beginner Adult Piano Book I like or see all the best piano books for beginners here.
Another type of beginner music you can find is books just music set at the beginner level. If you are a real beginner (as in just starting), these books of beginner piano music may be a little challenging. Do them second.
Many piano series have books that accompany the level within certain themes. For example, Alfred's Basic Piano Library Popular Hits has some of the most popular pop songs in beginner music. (This is quite popular with some students.)
When you get a book of this sort, you know that you are certain to have songs all within a certain level. That is the main benefit. And when you have mastered them, you can move on.
Another option is using an online service like Oktav so access beginner music. Apps and online subscriptions do have a range of beginner music that you can sort through. Sometimes, a lot of variety and great music that's really fun to play.
The only issue with these is that the term "beginner" encompasses a lot. Some beginner music is pretty hard for true beginners but could be perfect for those who have been learning for a bit but still feel like they are in the early stages.
As long as you're happy with the idea of sorting through and finding the right music for you, this is also a good option.
Oktav is one of the cooler music subscription programs and you can see my full review of Oktav here.
Another of my favourite music resources is the Sheet Music Membership at Virtual Sheet Music. If you want to choose individual pieces to play, it is one of the best and cheapest way to go.
The membership here is pretty cheap and includes free access to more than 2000 pieces. You can print or download the music you want to play immediately and if you don't like the piece, it's easy to get another one you like better.
They also provide Mp3 and MIDI files so you can hear what it is supposed to sound like. If you don't have a teacher, this is a really great benefit.
With the variety of beginner music available, you might be wondering what it is you need to know to play this music.
For the beginner piano books that you'd use in lessons, it doesn't matter as you'll learn as you go.
But for beginner sheet music, here is what you'll need to understand.
Piano books for adults are different than they are for kids. Generally they go quite a bit faster. I recommend some of my favorites adult books on my adult piano books page.
Here are two good beginner piano music book choices - just music to play.
Also, if you are hoping to improve your piano playing and understanding, I would also recommend a technique or theory book.
This is a good list of beginner pieces. They're free too. Some of them are a little challenging for a beginner but you can find what's right for your level.
Another thing you could also include here is establishing a great piano practice routine to go along with your beginner music. This will help you to create a structure even if your search for music doesn't feel all that structured.
One of the things I really focus on teaching here is piano chords. This is also a great thing to learn and I recommend it for all teen and adult learners.
You don't need to read music to play chords and it's quite a quick way to get started. You don't need to abandon reading music but this just get you playing songs you love faster.
Subscribe below and get free access to the (printable) Ultimate Chord Cheat Sheet.
I hope that helps you in your search and happy playing!
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