15 Top Piano Lesson Books for Beginners

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Are you curious to know what the most popular piano lesson books and learning tools for adult beginners are?

This is a list of the top selling piano books at Amazon by our visitors during the last few months. I have also added my own suggestions. Maybe you can find something useful for yourself?

Piano Lesson Books for Adults

If you're an adult beginner, it's important to get a piano lesson book that is written especially for adults.

This is because adults learn piano in a different way and speed than children, and need other types of exercises. Here are the most popular piano lesson books for beginners by our readers at the moment.

My suggestions: You only need 1 piano method. If you teach yourself to play, try nr. 2. If you work with a teacher choose any one from nr. 1, 3, or 4.

Piano lesson booksGreat Piano Lesson Books for Adult Beginners

1. Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course Bk 1

Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1

This is my first choice among piano lesson books for adult piano students. It's not too easy and not too hard. It moves ahead at a good pace, but doesn't have so much focus on how to play with a beautiful tone. It's meant to be used with a piano teacher, so make sure you have at least occasional lessons to stay on the right path!

2. Alfred's Self Teaching Adult Piano Course

Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The new, easy and fun way to teach yourself to play, Book & CD

This I haven't used so much, but it's made for adult piano beginners who want to work on their own. I STILL recommend taking a few lessons here and there!

3. Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course

Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course Book 1: Book with Media Online

This is my second choice for my own adult piano students. It's a great method where there is more attention to musical detail and expression. It progresses a bit slower that Alfred's All In One above, but also goes a bit more in depth.

4. Hal Leonard Adult Piano Method

Adult Piano Method - Book 1: Lessons, Solos, Technique, & Theory (Student Piano Library)

This method I used a lot in the past. It has great backing tracks. It must have been very popular with my students since it "walked out" of my studio several years ago, never to be seen again! :) But, seriously good method.

Piano Scales & Chords Books

You also need supplementary books in addition to piano lesson books!

Every serious pianist should have a piano scale book in the piano library to use as reference. Also learning about chord piano is really useful.

These books are the most popular with our readers this year. All 4 books here are great, complement each other, and are really useful. Pick what you like.

5. The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences

The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences: Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales -- Plus Additional Instructions on Music Fundamentals

Yup. You need it. Even if the goal is to not need it! (Learn all scales by heart.) But every pianist need a scale book as a reference.

6. P. A. Johnston: Scales Bootcamp

Scales Bootcamp: The fastest, clearest way to get to know your scales, and then master them.

When you're bored playing scales....! Tips and tricks that are very useful for piano scale practice.

7. Piano & Keyboard Chords (Pictures)

Piano & Keyboard Chords: Easy-to-Use, Easy-to-Carry, One Chord on Every Page

A useful book for the beginner pianist to use as a reference.

8. The Easy Fake Book (Chord Piano)

The Easy Fake Book

I love this book! It's great fun to use with your newly acquired chord piano skills with easy chord progressions and well known pieces. However, in the same series you can choose between almost any style you like!

Piano Technique & Exercises

Piano exercises and technique drills are an important aspect of piano practice. There's no surprise really that you'll find Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist here!

My suggestions: Beginners could pick Junior Hanon and the Czerny op.599, more advanced beginners/intermediate players could pick either the first Hanon book or the last book Burgmuller, Czerny and Hanon.

9. Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises

Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 925)

If you would get only one piano finger technique exercise book...this is the one. You can find free Pdf's online, but I believe a Hanon book belongs in every serious pianists library.

10. Czerny: Practical Method for Beginners, Op. 599

Practical Method for Beginners, Op. 599: Schirmer Library of Classics Volume 146 Piano Technique

A true classic! Gives you the basic technical tools for classical piano especially.

11. Junior Hanon

Junior Hanon (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

Great for beginners, as the notes are larger, simpler and not so intimidating as the original Hanon above.

12. Burgmuller, Czerny and Hanon

Burgmüller, Czerny & Hanon -- Piano Studies Selected for Technique and Musicality, Bk 1 (Burgmuller, Czerny & Hanon)

This book (1 of 3) is great and I use it all the time. 3 famous composers of exercises and etudes in one. For the intermediate player and up.

Practice & Performance

Other popular music books purchased by our readers about practice or performance are: (All are really great books! I use nr. 14 and 15 extensively.)

13. D. R. Sinn: Playing Beyond the Notes

Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist's Guide to Musical Interpretation

This one is on my reading list. It has great reviews.

14. G. Klickstein: The Musician's Way

The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness

One of my favorite books. How to organize and structure your practice. Mostly for more advanced students, but also beginners have a lot to learn. I return to it again and again for inspiration and ideas.

15. P.A. Johnston: The Practice Revolution

The Practice Revolution: Getting great results from the six days between lessons

This one's amazingly fun and hilarious! BUT one of the best books on piano practice ideas out there! It's in my favorite section of my personal library. I have used the practice games a lot with my students. (All ages!)

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