5 Easy Piano Pieces {for beginners & rusty intermediates}

I learned to read music when I was about 5. My Grandma taught me with this book, and this one, oh, and this one, too. I found that I had to keep playing regularly or I’d just revert back to a beginner stage. Of course, I have always remembered how to read sheet music, it was just the actual reading and playing that I would get rusty at. When we got our piano a few weeks ago I decided it would be a good idea to collect some easy pieces to help me get reacquainted with the keys. My husband has also decided that he would like to learn how to play, so these pieces are easy for beginners and intermediates like me who have fallen out of practice.

1. Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven

My sister suggested this one. I printed off the sheet music and mastered the first page that day. It’s pretty darn easy. Like I said, my husband is teaching himself {with a little guidance from me} and he’s already got the first few measures down.

Sheet music found here {they even have a level 1 & 2 so you can gradually work your way up!}

2. Waltz in A Minor by Frederic Chopin

I’m a little partial to Chopin. Not sure why he’s my favorite classical composer, but he is. This song is taking me a little longer, but that is probably due to the fact that I’m consumed with learning all 5 of these pieces. Still an easy piece to learn, though.

Sheet music found here.

3. Prelude in E Minor Op.28 No.4 by Frederic Chopin

This one is super easy, and it sounds beautiful, too!

Sheet music found here.

4. Für Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven

This song gets on my nerves. I am not sure why, maybe it’s because my sister ruined it for me by playing it every waking hour of the day when we were teenagers! I mean, I still think it’s beautiful, but I need about a year in between listens. Anyway, it’s a pretty easy one to learn.

Sheet music found here.

5. Comptine d’un autre été by Yann Tiersen

Okay, so if you know this song and you’ve never tried to play it, you might think I’m crazy for putting it on this list, but it really is an easy piece to play! Just try it if you’re familiar with reading sheet music. Not only is is relatively easy, but it’s an absolutely beautiful piece. My favorite on this list, by far.

Sheet music found here.

If you’re in the same boat as I was and you need some easy pieces to get you back to playing like a pro, then try these out! Have a wonderful weekend!

Piano makeover {finally complete!}

It’s finally finished! I’m so excited to show off. My husband worked so long and hard on this piano and bench and I’m so proud of him. It has actually been finished for a week, but I wanted to make sure I got the canvases that my father-in-law painted hung so I could show them off as well.

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I am so in love with my piano. I’ve been playing everyday since my husband moved it into our dining room, and he’s even learning to play, too! That is kind of a lead-in for my post tomorrow: 5 easy piano pieces to learn. He’s working on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata right now. And who loves my paintings? I keep telling Robert he needs to open an Etsy store and sell these things!

Well, I just wanted to share and brag on my husband and father-in-law a little bit. Have a great Thursday!

Piano makeover in progress

I am a firm believer that no home is complete without a dog and a piano. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandma Richardson on her farm in Florida, where she taught me and my sister to read music and play the piano. Those are some of my most cherished childhood memories. My parents had a piano in their house too, although I have no idea where they got it. It was a huge, scary, upright black piano that was so out of tune, no one ever bothered playing it. I have no idea what ever happened to that thing, but it still haunts me in my nightmares from time to time.  Despite my bad experience with the scary, black piano, I have always known that I needed to have a piano in my home for my children.

So I had been checking Yuma Craigslist just about every day since March until I found this gem!

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We had it delivered by professional piano movers and immediately went to work on it. I was a little scared to disassemble a piano, but it ended up being pretty easy as long as we kept all of the hardware with each piece and took everything off in order. We followed this tutorial for the most part and, so far, everything has turned out great!

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I didn’t remember to take photos until after we sanded and primed all of the pieces. Here is the piano without the protective finish on it. Sam is doing that tonight:

Valspar *Mint Mist* acrylic paint, satin finish.

Valspar *Mint Mist* acrylic paint, satin finish.

 

We just need to do one more extremely light sanding, then one more coat of finish and it will be ready to be moved into our home!!