Here is a step by step plan to help you build a great piano playing technique with suitable material especially for beginner (adult) pianists.
There are many books about piano technique "out there". These are the
piano books I have found give great, measurable results and that are very
effective for beginners.
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Improving Your Piano Technique Step By Step
Beginning Exercises- Finger Drills: Start using Edna Mae Burnams A Dozen a Day Preparatory Book, Technical Exercises for Piano
(not Mini if you are an adult) as soon as you have learned how to read
both hands together in a five finger position. Keep working through
Preparatory, Book 1 and Book 2 for a great foundation of basic movements in piano playing. Yes, I know they are for kids- put another cover if you like- but these piano exercises are great!
Beginning Scales: Start also with scale practice- you don’t
need anything fancy at this stage, it is better to learn scales and
chords by heart anyway. On this page you will learn an easy way to start
playing 10 major and minor scales by ear:
Piano scales the easy way.
Beginning Piano Etudes: During book 1 (Green) of “A Dozen a Day”, add on Frances Clarks' and Louise Goss's Piano Etudes Book 1 for Musical Fingers. It comes with valuable performance instructions and focuses on musical playing.
More Finger Drills: Time for Hanon: "The Virtuoso Pianist" (Just the title makes you feel great- doesn’t it?) And this is an
investment for many years, so get a great edition, even put plastic on
it! Focus on the first 10-20 exercises first.
More Etudes: I must admit I am in “love” with the Piano studies/Etudes books in the Celebration Perspectives Series. Generally they have done a fantastic job in selecting repertoire for
this exam system. Continue to practice your scales, etc,
There are many sheet music books to help you improve your piano playing technique. These are the ones that I find “fool-proof” and have stood the test of time. They give great results together with a beginning piano method book or two.
By working your way through these technique books, you have mastered the beginner levels of piano playing, and have reached an early intermediate level.
You can continue to work with the Celebration series as it is a great anthology of many different composers. Together with Hanon's exercises and a good scale book you are quite set for a while!
Piano Exercises from Beginners to Intermediate
Here is a summary of my recommendations of great piano playing
technique books with exercises and etudes for beginner and early
intermediate pianists that are fun, effective, complement each other,
and really works: