Read my reviews and recommendations of the best piano books for adult beginners, focusing on the best piano methods for adult learners.
The first choice of piano books for adult beginners should be your piano method book.
A piano method book teaches you the 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.
Alfred's All-In-One course for adult beginners (Amazon) has become one of the most popular piano methods for adult beginners, and It's easy to understand why; great pieces in lovely arrangements, in depth explanations about music theory, technique and pieces learned.
The method is meant to be used with a piano teacher, and that would be my recommendation as well, but is so well written that some adult students work on their own with it.
Compared to the method above, this is a piano method meant for teaching yourself piano.
Though I still recommend you take at least a few lessons with a qualified teacher, and once in a while to check in with your teacher to avoid learning especially technique the wrong way.
But, with this popular method you can actually start learning the piano and to read notes by yourself.
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 works for for teenagers as well, since it's 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, it gives you a real "feel good" way of learning (and is more fun than a metronome to learn to keep the beat)!
method has clear and simple instructions for self study. You will 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 other than that you get to play a lot of different styles.
2, however, contains a lot of great “adult” pieces that you can keep on
After book 1 from either of these piano books for adult beginners, you can continue with the second book, or switch to:
I Used to Play Piano (Book & CD) (Amazon)
Apart from an excellent method if -as the name implies-you used to play the piano, and now want to start again without having to start from scratch, this book is also great 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 keep you inspired..