Recommended Books, Videos, Sheet Music

Nov. 4, 2017

Return Home (Fundamentals of Piano Practice).

Click on item to purchase at Amazon; many are available as ebooks; prices may have changed from time of this listing. Some items here are quite difficult to find; you can save time by starting with items on this list and using them to help you find others. If you know of better/cheaper editions/sources, please let me know.

Many of the books below can be downloaded free from Scribd:

Reviewed books (in Second Edition)

Eigeldinger, Jean-Jacques,  Chopin: Pianist and Teacher: As Seen by his Pupils (paperback), $39.08

Fraser, Alan, The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique (paperback), $35.69, also see DVD below

Fink, Seymour, Mastering Piano Technique - A Guide for Students, Teachers and Performers , $24.95, also see video below

Gieseking, Walter, and Leimer, Karl, Piano Technique (paperback), $7.95

Hinson, Maurice, Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, third edition , $45.29

Prokop, Richard, Piano Power, A Breakthrough Approach To Improving Your Technique (paperback), $34.95

Richman, Howard, Super Sight-Reading Secrets: An Innovative, Step-By-Step Program for Musical Keyboard Players of All Levels (paperback), $15.99

Sandor, Gyorgy, On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound, and Expression (paperback), $80.00; out of print, but may be available in secondary market; not recommended unless you have specific reasons why you need it. Sandor apparently stopped printing his book because of newer material becoming readily available. It is now downloadable free from Scribd.

Cannel, Ward, and Marx, Fred, How to Play Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home (paperback), $15.63

Neely, Blake, How to Play from a Fake Book (Keyboard Edition) (paperback), $11.55



Books added in Third Edition


Bailie, Eleanor,  Chopin: Pianist's Repertoire: A Graded Practical Guide, (paperback), $49.95.

Humphries, Carl, The Piano Handbook , (spiral bound, with CD), $17.84.

Levitin, Daniel J., This Is Your Brain on Music, The Science of a Human Obsession , (Paperback), $10.88.

Macmillan, Jenny, Successful Practising: A Handbook for Pupils, Parents and Music Teachers (paperback), $25.10.

Neuhaus, Heinrich, The Art of Piano Playing (paperback), $26.00.

Onishi, Aiko, Pianism (paperback), $13.95.

Richard, Francois L., Music in your head (Mental practice, how to memorize piano music) , (paperback), $22.95.

Sacks, Oliver, Musicophilia, Tales of Music and the Brain”, Vintage Books, Random House, NY, 2007, 425P., index, references (bibliography). Link to Amazon Books $11.75

Scoggin, Nancy, Barron's AP Music Theory with Audio Compact Discs , (paperback), $23.09.

Slenczynska, Ruth, Music At Your Fingertips: Advice For The Artist And Amateur On Playing The Piano (Music Series) (paperback), $12.95.

Stannard, Niel, Piano Technique Demystified, Insights into Problem Solving , (paperback), $12.45

Taylor, Harold, The Pianist's Talent: , A new approach to piano playing based on the principles of F. Mathias Alexander and Raymond Thiberge, (paperback), $13.95.

Other Books

Sauer, Eileen, Solfege Teaching Guide , “for understanding music involving singing on-pitch, conducting time, ear training, and music dictation” that are essential for learning to play, performing, improvisation, composing, (paperback), $12.95; for any serious piano/music student and every music teacher.

Lesson Links

 How to Play the Piano, compare online piano lessons (60 day money back guarantee).





Craft of Piano Playing , Fraser – DVD, $54.95, also see book above

Mastering Piano Technique - A Guide for Students, Teachers, and Performers -DVD , Fink, $26.79; also see book above

Freeing the Caged Bird - Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Piano Technique , Lister-Sink, $34.95



Sheet music books:  most individual compositions in these books can be downloaded free from IMSLP, but most of these books are inexpensive and of better quality than your prints, have helpful comments, etc.  


First Lessons in Bach, Complete, $7.99

Johann Sebastian Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 846-869 (Pocket Score - Autograph Facsimile with all lost selections set anew) , $12.95; see Bach's tuning, P. 227.This contains small (5”x7”), low resolution photo-copies of the original manuscripts, not appropriate for use as sheet music for learning.

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier: Books I and II, Complete , $10.36

Ludwig Van Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1 (Nos. 1-15) , (paperback),Schenker, $10.11

Ludwig Van Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 2 (Nos. 16-32) (Paperback), Schenker, (1975) , $17.71

Chopin: Mazurkas For The Piano (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics Vol. 28.) , $9.34

Chopin: Complete: 26 Preludes, 21 Nocturnes, 19 Waltzes , $10.19

Chopin Polonaises , Schirmer, $8.99

Chopin Ballades , Inst. Fryderyka Chopina, Ed. Paderewski, $9.95

Chopin Etudes (Friedheim) , Schirmer, $8.79

Debussey: Favorite Piano Works (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics) , $11.55

Gershwin: Complete Works for Solo Piano (Alfred's Masterwork Editions) , Hinson, $21.86

Joplin - Complete Rags for Piano (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics) Vol. 2020 , 11.55

Mozart 19 Sonatas - Complete: Piano Solo (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 1304) , Ed. Epstein, $13.59

Sonatina Album: Piano Solo (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics) , $8.79



An inexpensive alternative is to purchase all-inclusive CDs and print yourself; these are useful when you want to quickly look up a composition without having to buy one.


Chopin: Complete Works for Solo Piano - CD Sheet Music , $19.95

Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano ,  - CD Sheet Music, $18.99


More such CDs can be found at:

CD Sheet Music


SheetMusicPlus  (This is for Chopin – scroll down for others)