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I am a string instrument player attempting to teach myself the piano. Recently I learned JS. Bach Prelude in C Major and I am looking for a new challenge that is not too far out side my skill level.

What do you recommend? I am thinking that Chopin's Prelude in E minor may be next.

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closed as off-topic by American Luke, Shevliaskovic, Dom, Jason W, Dave Jan 24 '14 at 16:20

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Do you just want to learn specific songs on piano or do you want to learn piano techniques? – Dom Jan 23 '14 at 19:40
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about recommendations of pieces to play. – American Luke Jan 23 '14 at 22:46
Sorry American Luke but I do not agree with you: he's asking what is available that was 'designed' to challenge him as in give him a set of progressively more difficult work. This is very different then asking the question on "hey what's your favorite piano piece." – filzilla Jan 24 '14 at 0:37
Hey guys this is about technique. – filzilla Jan 24 '14 at 23:45

For something written to improve technique I suggest that you consider one or all of the following:

(Baroque era)

J.S. Bach wrote "Two- and Three-Part Inventions" (thirty short keyboard pieces) for his students.

...with midi samples:

Since you mentioned you have learned Bach's Prelude in C Major why not continue with the remaining 47 Preludes and Fugues from his "The Well-Tempered Clavier"? After all, Bach had intended this for "...musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study."

(Classical era)

By all means let Frédéric Chopin be your guide with his Études. 27 pieces that redefine technique for this period. Chopin's Prelude in E minor should be cool for your next one too, while also you might want to consider Beethoven's first movement of The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata.

(Late Romantic era--exercises)

The Virtuoso Pianist (Le Pianiste virtuose) by Charles-Louis Hanon, sixty exercises meant to train the pianist in speed, precision, agility, and strength of all of the fingers and flexibility in the wrists.

(Modern era)

Béla Bartók's "Mikrokosmos" 153 progressive piano pieces in six volumes written between 1926 and 1939.

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Chopin's preludes nos. 4, 6, 15. (If you can't play the Fugue that goes along with the Bach Prelude, stay away from the Etudes.) Beethoven Op. 49 sonata, Op. 119 Bagatelles (some are easier than others, all great music). For a bit more of a challenge, try Mozart's sonata in C, one of his easier ones. Or his Rondo in D. – BobRodes Feb 6 '14 at 22:00

Bach's piano is good for its polyphony in contrast to what a string instrument can do. So indeed why not another prelude and fugues. Among the easiest (First book), the preludes n°5,6,11, 13, 15, 17,21. The only fugues that are as easy are the n°2 and 5, maybe 11

Then also among the easy Chopin, there are the nocturne n2,6,11, 20, 21.

Thoses pieces are easy, but you will find very few non professional that can play them well. And, best thing to do, take a teacher.

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