Sheet Music for Beginners
It can be tough to find interesting beginner sheet music for piano. It’s often difficult to judge what level a piece is. Sometimes a piece that seems easy can be difficult as well as the other way around. That’s why I’ve put together this list of piano pieces for beginners. You’ll find all the links to the sheet music here. Some are available for purchase, others are free. I’ve included classical music as well as modern classical music that’s being composed now. This includes composers like Einaudi as well as Dimitar’s own music.
What do I consider a beginner?
Now it’s important to explain what I consider a beginner’s level. There’s a very broad definition of the word beginner in the piano world. It can mean somebody who just started and has to play ‘Mary had a little lamb’. I did not make this list for that kind of beginner’s level. Why? Because I think the best and easiest thing to do for people that just start, is to follow a method book. That means they won’t be needing any kind of separate sheet music for piano until they finish at least one method book. Famous method books include Alfred’s Basic Piano Library and Adult Piano Adventures by Faber. Whatever method book you use, you’ll learn the basic things of piano playing which include:
- Reading notes
- Common time signatures
- Basics of rhythm including quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes.
- Basic articulation including Legato and Staccato.
- Accidentals: sharps, flats and natural signs
- Common key signatures like C Major, G major, a minor etc.
If any of these things on the list are tripping you up, you might consider taking another run at a method book before you start the pieces on this list. You can also take a look at a few of our YouTube videos. We have a playlist full of videos especially for beginning pianists.
So what do I consider a beginner? Somebody who knows all these concepts already and is past the ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star phase’ (don’t worry we all started there). But somebody who hasn’t gotten a lot of pieces under their belt yet. And who’s not yet skilled at putting the concepts of note reading, rhythm and articulation into practice. If that’s you, you’ll find some great beginner pieces as well as sheet music on the list for you.
I’m going to go in alphabetical order by composers and I’ll include the most important skills you have to have in order to play them. Just remember, for all pieces you need the basic knowledge of note reading, rhythm and accidentals.
Because the piano repertoire is unbelievably extensive, I’ve only included what I consider to be really fun pieces to play. I update this list very regularly, so make sure to come back in and check every now and then.
- J.S. Bach Prelude in C major. A fantastic, timeless classic that is much easier than it looks (don’t you love that?) You need understanding of sixteenth notes and tied notes.
- F. Chopin Waltz in a minor. The biggest challenge in this piece are the jumps in the left hand. Also, you’ll need a score with good fingering as some passages in the right hand are a bit tricky. We did a harmonic and musical analysis on this piece on our YouTube channel so if you’re interested you can check them out here and here.
- E. Satie Gymnopedie no 1. The biggest challenge in this piece is reading in some cases. I’ve seen some very confusing scores, so I’ll make sure to add a good one here for you. The other challenge are the jumps in the left hand. We actually made several videos on jumps as they’re an important and common technical challenge in piano playing. You can check one of the videos here.
Satie 3 Gymnopedies I’ve added the sheet music of all 3 of the Gymnopedies here for you in case you like all of them. They’re very similar in technique so if you can play the first, you’ll also be able to play the second and third.