Here are reviews and recommendations of the best piano books for adult beginners, focusing on the best piano methods for adult learners.
The first choice of beginner piano sheet music should be your piano method book. A piano method book teaches you fundamentals of piano technique, note reading, music theory and has gradually advancing piano pieces to practice on.
The pieces can be great, or not, but the purpose is mainly to teach you skills, step by step, so you don’t want to skip ahead too often. Here is a selection of piano method books I find very successful with my older beginner piano students.
This book has clear, simple instructions with accompaniment CD. It is a method that is
easy to follow on your own, and covers the material in a logical
progress. You will learn to read notes quite easy and fast.
The music is for older students as well, and not “childish”. The CD has, as all Hal Leonard Piano method books, great sounding accompaniment music- like a “real” orchestra- to play a long with.
Make sure to use the CD a lot when practicing, a real feel good way of learning (and more fun than a metronome to learn to keep the beat)!
method also has clear and simple instructions for self study. You start
by learning to read finger numbers and identifying note patterns. My
edition doesn’t have a CD, but it is available as well. (I don’t know
how the quality is.)
I find some of the pieces a bit too childish, but otherwise you get to play a lot of different styles. Book two, however contains a lot of great “adult” pieces that you can keep on your repertoire.
After book 1 from either of these piano books for adult beginners, you can either continue with the second book, or switch to:
This method book is perfect to continue with after learning to read notes in one of the above mentioned methods.
It is up to you, but the pieces in Alfred’s are so much fun to play! This well made piano course quickly teaches you a great variety of repertoire, pedaling techniques, how to play chords, finger exercises and more.
But basically we like it for the well arranged pieces – it simply sounds very good! The CD is also great to play along with, as well as to inspire you.