Once I Was a Pretty Good Pianist...

by Becky Cassel
(Hummelstown, PA 17036)

Hi, I took lessons and played piano from 2nd grade through 12th. I wasn't an amazing pianist, but played at the usual level for that many years. I am now 50 and have a piano and brought out old books from the 80's. I would like to learn some new pieces but feel frustrated by ordering online and getting pieces I don't like or are too high or low of level. I'd consider myself intermediate but my ability to play fast pieces has gone down-hill. I really enjoy playing beautiful classical music at an intermediate level. I have also enjoyed playing some Paul Winston and other modern artists. I just don't know what books to order. Any suggestions?

Hi, Becky, I do have a few ideas. A great collection is Robert Schultz's "Composer Pieces 100 Best Loved Piano Solos". Look for it new or used on Amazon - I just saw it there. Another TERRIFIC book is the Schirmer collection of Sonatinas Volume 51. Again, find it at Amazon. Sadly, the search engine at my favorite music supplier, Sheetmusicplus.com, is inadequate, and even with the Volume number & name, I can't ever seem to find the book when I need another copy. You might also enjoy the Pride & Prejudice music from the Keira Knightley version some years back - I love love love it. I am also enjoying a book of George Winston's arrangements right now, especially his Carol of the Bells arrangement.

Have a look at my page Best Piano Books for some of those links. Good luck!

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