When learning to play piano you first of all need quality beginner piano sheet music. Here are reviews and recommendations of some of the best supplementary piano sheet music books for adult learners.
What sheet music you need depend on several things; your age, what kind of music you prefer, your skill level and personal taste. Lucky for us pianists there are a lot of sheet music available! But what should you start with?
There is a huge market of beginner piano sheet music and to find the right for you can be a bit of trial and error.
The recommendations below are of true and tested quality materials and a great place to start for later and adult beginners.
Whether you work on your own or with a teacher– you’ll definitely need a good adult beginner piano method, as well as various styles of sheet music for beginners that work well for learning on your own.
There are new piano books and collections available all the time – so what do you choose?
Over the years I have taught hundreds of students, and tried and experimented with everything I thought to be a good selection of beginner piano sheet music.
I always try out as many new methods and anthologies as I can, mainly because I need to keep informed as a piano pedagogue; but I would get too bored otherwise as well ; )
These are my recommendations of newer sheet music that is well made and progressively organized, that I see good results with and also seem to be very liked by my students who used them.
To supplement your piano method here are some great choices that give results:
Learn more about music theory as you learn to play the piano. This is essential. Check out for example: Alfred's Basic Adult Theory Piano Book
It is part of a "healthy diet"to include some sight reading practice every day. Try to set aside at least a few minutes daily for this. Here are some ideas: Music sight reading tips.
In addition to beginner piano sheet music methods, you need to work with finger technique and piano exercises. Here I have compiled a graded list of great piano technique sheet music for adult beginners: Build your piano playing technique step by step.
A great book for adult beginners is: Alfred's Basic Adult Finger Aerobics: Exercises to Develop the Strength, Flexibility and Agility of Each Finger.
The whole Alfred's series in general have really nice and well arranged, famous and popular themes in many different styles.
Here is just one recommendation, but I suggest that you explore all the different books in the series to find your favorite kind of music: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Greatest Hits
Any pianist library is not complete without a scale book. Although I recommend playing scales by heart, it's important to use it like an encyclopedia to check fingering now and then! Learn more about piano scales here: Piano Scales
Teaching yourself is more fun with a great piano course. Here are some ideas for when you are learning the piano by yourself: Teach yourself piano: 10 tips to get started.