Although you could certainly try to learn piano by just playing around with the keys, a better method is to invest in some piano instruction books.
There are a wide variety of books available on the market, so how do you know you are making the right decision? Here are a few hints on finding the right piano instruction books, and saving money.
If you are taking formal lessons, you should buy the instruction books that your teacher recommends. This way you and your teacher are on the same page, so to speak, in your musical development. There are probably one or two books that your teacher will instruct from exclusively.
You can also branch out and get some fun books on your own. Try searching at a sheet music store for your favorite songs or styles of music. This will make learning the piano more fun and exciting.
While you are at the sheet music store, ask a member of the staff for recommendations. They can point you in the direction of some popular piano instruction books for your playing level.
All of these piano instruction books can add up fast. If you are serious about building a collection, it’s worth it to find some discount books. Watch for sales at your local sheet music store to get good deals on books.
You can also try used bookstores for vintage piano instruction books. These books will have more character and different songs than modern books. Some people even collect vintage and antique piano books as a hobby. Unique books will, of course, cost more than new books. But you can find some good standard vintage books at low prices to increase your repertoire.
Look for piano instruction books at yard sales or second hand stores. Many people pick up the piano as a hobby and then, unfortunately, drop it quickly. There are probably countless beginning instruction books floating around at rock bottom prices.
Another great place to look for discount piano instruction books is on ebay or other online auction sites. Books on auction sites are normally sold in lots, so you can get several books for one low price. Search for instruction books by genre or skill level to find great deals.
When you shop online, remember that you’ll have to pay for shipping in addition to the cost of the books. But normally this is not a problem since the price of the books is so low.