These are some of the music books I used since I started learning piano at six and a half years old. If you wanted to know how I developed my piano skills or where I got the sheet music to the songs I played on my YouTube channels, then here they are!

 

My first book was John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course Part One. This taught me the very basics of piano, it had good tunes and made learning piano as a beginner, very enjoyable!

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Easiest Piano Course Part One – Book Only
Part One. Willis. Learn To Play. Instructional book. 39 pages. Willis Music #7259. Published by Willis Music (HL.414014).

 

My second book was John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course Part Two. This book built upon the skills I had learned in the first book with some more difficult songs and techniques. I really liked the traditional folk songs in this book!

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John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course – Part Two
Part 2. Edited by John Thompson. Willis. Instructional and Method. Instructional book. 48 pages. Willis Music #7260. Published by Willis Music (HL.414018).

 

My third book was John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course Part Three. This book built upon the skills from book two and had more dynamics, techniques and interesting melodies!

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John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course – Part 3 – Book Only
Part 3 -¦Book only. Willis. Softcover. Willis Music #7261. Published by Willis Music (HL.414019).

 

I used the Usborne Book of Christmas Carols as my first Christmas piano song book. It’s great for piano Grade 1 to 3 students!
http://amzn.to/2et7lG5

 

Bryan Kelly’s Nine Animal Pieces For Piano, I used for one of my performances at Glasgow Music Festival. It’s also great for extracurricular learning!
http://amzn.to/2vVFDbb

 

This is an essential book if you’re thinking of doing ABRSM exams, it covers everything from Grades 1-8.

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The Manual of Scales, Broken Chords and Arpeggios
Composed by Gerald, Ruth. Studies, ABRSM Exams. ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios. Education. Method book. 96 pages. Published by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) (PE.9781860961120).

 

This was a book I bought after being inspired by the YouTube recordings of the songs. On The Lake and Study in F were my favourites but all the pieces were really beautiful and written by a wide range of Romantic composers. Amazing book for Grades 3-4 students!

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A Romantic Sketchbook for Piano, Book II
Edited by Alan Jones. Piano Albums. Romantic Sketchbook series. Collection. 48 pages. Published by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) (PE.9781854727169).

 

I didn’t play Bach Inventions from a book but here’s the book that I found included the pieces that I played. Bach Invention No.1, No.4 and No.8.

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J.S. Bach – Two-Part Inventions
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Christopher Taylor. Schirmer Performance Editions. Softcover Audio Online. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.296463).

 

Here’s the book I used for Clementi Sonatina Op.36 No.1, Op.36 No.3, Op.36 No.4 and Op.36 No.6.
http://amzn.to/2gtSeN0

 

Here’s the book I used for Chanson De L’escarpolette and Petites Litanies De Jesus. It’s also got several other pieces in it by the French composer. All Impressionist music.

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L’Almanach aux Images
Composed by Gabriel Grovlez (1879-1944). Published by Stainer & Bell Ltd. (ST.534).

 

Here’s the book I used for learning, Mozart Sonata in F Major, K280. It’s got Sonatas K279-K284 and K309-K311.

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Sonatas for Pianoforte, Volume I
K279-284; K309-311. Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Edited by Sadie / Matthews. ABRSM Signature Series. Sheet Music. 176 pages. Published by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) (PE.9781854721990).

 

I also had the second volume of the book in which I learned K330 but unfortunately never got around to recording it.

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Sonatas for Pianoforte, Volume II
K330-333; K475/457; K533; K545; K570; K576. Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Edited by Sadie / Matthews. ABRSM Signature Series. Sheet Music. 192 pages. Published by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) (PE.9781854722003).

 

I had a very old edition of this book which is no longer on sale but this updated version is just the same. I played Beethoven Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2 No.1 from it.

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Sonatas – Book 1
Piano Solo. Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by von B. Piano Collection. Softcover. G. Schirmer #LB1. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50251920).

 

Again, here’s the updated edition of Book 2 in which I played Beethoven Sonata in G Minor, Op.49 No.1 from.

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Sonatas – Volume 2
Piano Solo. Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Piano Collection. Classical Period. Collection. With performance notes (does not include words to the songs). 280 pages. G. Schirmer #LB1770. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50261570).

 

I definitely played a lot of pieces from this Chopin book. Some taught by teacher and some self-taught. Here’s the recordings Chopin Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, No.20 Op. Posth., Chopin Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No.1, Chopin Waltz in A minor, No. 19, Op. Posth. and Chopin Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No.2. But I also learned the “Raindrop Prelude”, Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No.4, Nocturne in E Major, Op. 9 No.2, Nocturne in C Minor No. 20, Op. Posth. from it. maybe one day I’ll record them and put them on YouTube.

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Complete Preludes, Nocturnes & Waltzes
26 Preludes, 21 Nocturnes, 19 Waltzes. Composed by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Edited by Rafael Joseffy. Piano Collection. Romantic Period. Collection. With standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 248 pages. G. Schirmer #LB2056. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50485897).

 

This book has very beautiful Japanese film music that my dad bought for me. Here’s some recordings, 宮崎駿 – 千與千尋之”再一次” and Laputa: Castle in the Sky – Carrying You/Innocent.

http://amzn.to/2eCwL81

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