Recommendations

This is just the start of my list. TBG (To be grown):

Reference/Theory

  • The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences, See here
    • This is just good to have – I reference mine all the time.
  • Benner’s Theory for Piano Students, Books 1 – 5
    • Essential. If you’re a beginner, start with book 1
  • John W. Schaum’s Notespeller, Books 1 & 2
    • This is good for my grade school beginners before we move into Benner

Songs

  • Faber & Faber Adventure Series, See here
    • They did such a great job making songs approachable and fun.

Miscellaneous

  • The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, Thad Carhart, See here
    • I savored this book and I plan on gifting it to every pianist (growing to professional) I know. The story is engaging and every chapter expounds on a different topic concerning the rich history and culture surrounding the piano.
  • Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
    • I watched this documentary my senior year of college and I became nearly-obsessed with his recordings, the passionate works of Bach and the desire to one day spend an entire winter in a cabin with a piano.

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