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I wish to learn piano by myself. So I am looking for a comprehensive teaching book with lots of shertmusic with fingering details available. Book should cover

  1. big collection of music sheets with finger position details ranging from simple to hard difgiculty level.
  2. Most of the chords with its finger position
  3. Different piano techniques and should cover most scales including pentatonic scale.

Is there any book available? Please advise.

  • There are many many books available, however, I feel that following suggested fingerings, as well as trying to read the music and find your way round the black and white keys just adds extra complication. That apart, the question will be disallowed, as asking for materials like this are not part of this site's remit. – Tim Sep 22 '18 at 8:26
  • @Tim, fingering is an absolutely necessary component of piano playing. Why would playing suggested fingering be an extra complication? – Heather S. Sep 22 '18 at 8:33
  • @HeatherS. - it's another piece of data to cope with. It can become like 'painting by numbers', where student relies more on the numbers than the dots. Part of the learning process is working out personal best fingering - the printed is only 'suggested'. Sometimes the suggested fingering just doesn't suit particular players' hands. Of course it's an essential part of piano playing, but for me, it's similar to tab for guitarists. It shows only one way to play something. – Tim Sep 22 '18 at 8:43
  • @Tim, I agree that a pianist eventually needs to figure out personal best fingering, but that technique is advanced. At the beginner level, a student needs to follow good fingering patterns because it helps develop finger independence and it also teaches good strategies for moving one from one section of the keyboard to the another. Additionally, standard scale fingerings are useful for knowing what to do when one sees a scale embedded within an actual piece, and if one does choose a different fingering, one will know why. That deviation cannot be explained without first knowing the standard. – Heather S. Sep 22 '18 at 8:47
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    I recommend "Keyboard Proficiency" by Louise Guhl. It doesn't have tons of repertoire, but it does have some. It is, however, the most comprehensive guide I've found for an adult learning to play piano. Covers everything from hand and finger position to scales to chords to modes to improv, sight reading, and the list goes on! – Kevin H Sep 22 '18 at 14:34
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Most beginner books will have fingerings for the simple songs and techniques. However, do not expect a fingering listed for every single note. Occasional fingerings are given to get a student started in the right place at the beginning of a piece or section of a piece, and it is assumed that starting with that fingering gets the hand in position to play the rest of that section. You will need to figure out the remainder.

What you are asking for: basic songs, fingerings, and all scales and chords, is not going to be found all in one place. You can find beginner books to help you read music and play basic songs. You will need to buy a separate book for scales and chords. There are several that will cover all the major and minor scales and chords, but pentatonic and other less common scales may not be included. At that point, you should know enough fingering to figure that out by yourself. The same is true for chords. If you have learned the fingering for your major and minor chords, you should be able to deduce the fingerings for all the others provided you know the theory.

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