13 Best Music Instruction & Study

List Updated September 2020

Bestselling Music Instruction & Study in 2020


Music: An Appreciation

Music: An Appreciation
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Easy Keyboard and Piano Pieces: 30 Easy-to-play Pieces for Beginners

Easy Keyboard and Piano Pieces: 30 Easy-to-play Pieces for Beginners
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Music: An Appreciation, Brief Edition- Standalone book

Music: An Appreciation, Brief Edition- Standalone book
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • This book was used only twice and is in perfect condition besides a curve on the front cover from being stored away for a long time. It is basically a brand new book with no damage or writing on any of the pages. It is a good deal for a well-kept book. ISBN: 978-0-07-783731-0

Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1

Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Adult All In One Course Lesson Theory Technic Level 1

Mel Bay You Can Teach Yourself Gospel Piano (You Can Teach Yourself)

Mel Bay You Can Teach Yourself Gospel Piano (You Can Teach Yourself)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Book, Bk 1A: Book & CD

Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Book, Bk 1A: Book & CD
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Alfred's Basic Piano Course Lesson Book 1A Book 1A & CD
  • This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition
  • Lesson Book Level 1A begins by teaching basic keyboard topography and fluent recognition of white key names in relation to black keys
  • It focuses on simple rhythms and prepares students for intervallic reading with entertaining songs that focus on "same," "stepping up" and "stepping down
  • " It then introduces lines and space notes in treble and bass clefs, melodic and harmonic intervals of 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths, and graduates to reading on the grand staff

Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners

Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Includes Guitar TAB
  • 48 pages
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Author: David M. Brewster
  • ISBN: 634065408

Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 925)

Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 925)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • 116 pages
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Composer: C.L. Hanon
  • ISBN: 793525446
  • A collection of advanced piano solos by Charles Hanon

Primer Level - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures

Primer Level - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Softcover
  • 64 pages
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Composer: Randall Faber
  • ISBN: 1616770759

Level 1 - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures

Level 1 - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Softcover
  • 56 pages
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Composer: Randall Faber
  • ISBN: 1616770783

Level 2A - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures

Level 2A - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • BOOK
  • 48 pages
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Composer: Randall Faber
  • ISBN: 1616770813

Suzuki Violin School, Vol 2: Violin Part

Suzuki Violin School, Vol 2: Violin Part
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Alfred Publishing Co. Model#000146

Essential Elements for Strings - Book 1 with EEi: Violin

Essential Elements for Strings - Book 1 with EEi: Violin
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Each Book Includes My EE Library
  • Start-up Video: learn the basics
  • Play-along MP3: features professional players on your instrument
  • Duets and Trios: print and play parts with friends
  • Music Listening Library: hear great pieces for orchestra

Fun Websites for Music Makers and Music Lovers

Whether you want to learn more about music theory, support music education, or see some wacky instruments, these sites offer some of the best the web has to offer.

Here's just a sampling some of my favorites from the vast music web:

The National Association for Music Education ()
Whether you want to find statistics on childhood music education or read up on music career opportunities, there are resources for just about every aspect of music education. They have an informative blog as well as resources for teaching, music education advocacy, government information and lots more.

Ricci Adams' Musictheory.net (http:/www.musictheory.net)
When it comes to music theory and composition, this is the ultimate go-to site. On the front page you can select from three separate drop down lists: "Lessons", "Trainers", and "Utilities". Everything is interactive. The lessons take you step by step through a variety of topics including scales, meter, chords, key signatures and lots more. It works like a powerpoint presentation, adding the next relevant images and statements as you click the forward button. You can study each frame and even print it out, progressing at your own pace. The visuals are neat and simple, perfect for explaining music concepts to someone with any level of music experience.

The "Trainer" programs are super-interactive and fun. They test your knowledge on the various topics in the Lesson area. In a Trainer that tests your knowledge of notes on the staff, the note will be designated on the staff, and click the letter name you think matches. As you progress, a scoreboard keeps track of the number correct and incorrect answers as well as your overall accuracy percentage. You can do this for various instruments as well (not just for guitar and piano). There are all kinds of tweaks to change the difficulty levels or focus of the exercise. Some of the tweaks include changing how many frets on the guitar are included or the range of notes on the staff.

The "Utilities" tab includes a matrix generator, a chord generator and a staff aper generator. The printable staff paper includes standard notations, SATB, and a place to create custom paper.

Chord House (http:/www.looknohands.com/chordhouse)
For looking up chords and scales, I almost always use Chord House. The "house" has three "rooms."
There is the Easy Guitar Room, the Advanced Guitar Room and the Piano Room. The Easy guitar room lets you select your chord from a drop down list and add it to you print list. You can also hear the chord played. Once you have made your list of chords, there is a print or email feature that includes spaces for a title and footer. You can also choose the number of rows into which the chord diagrams will be organized.

The Advanced Guitar and Piano rooms operate much the same, but include scale selection and alternative tunings for the guitar.

Fun Fonts ()
You can find downloadable fonts that are based on the albums of some popular music artists like the Beatles, the Doors, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Pink Floyd. They're fun for making posters, homemade cards or anything else you can think of.

Barry Wood's NAMM Oddities ()
I just love browsing through all the funky and unusual musical instruments and accessories. The site features merchandise found at National Association of Music Merchants events. It is not a NAMM website. The site is created by Barry Wood who has been attending and reporting on NAMM shows for ten years.

Some of the interesting things he discovered at the 2020 show include "guitar jackets", Shredneck (a guitar neck for practicing in small spaces), a guitar stand that clamps to the side of a wheelchair, Funky painted drums and guitar cases. You have to see these pictures to believe the creativity. Another find I think rocks is a double capo, it's a full capo on top and a cut capo on bottom. You have to check this stuff out for yourself.

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