How To Choose Piano Sheet Music Appropriate for Your Level

How To Choose Piano Sheet Music Appropriate for Your Level

When learning to play the piano, the music you choose greatly influences your progress. If you are constantly frustrated because your pieces are too difficult, you might give up. If your chosen music is too easy, you may become bored. 

Choosing Music on Your Level

Choosing piano sheet music that is on your level can be tricky, but will give you the best momentum and results while learning. There is a huge variety of music options available online, making it easier than ever to find songs you love arranged for your level of piano playing.

Here are a few tips to ensure a piece is at your level.

Consider the Rhythm

One of the things you can look at on any piece of music is the time signature. 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 are all generally suitable for beginning players, while 6/8, 2/2 and 3/2 are more intermediate. Time signatures can also get more complex and you may see 6/16 or 3/8. Once you know how to work them, they aren’t so scary, but generally, it’s a good idea to choose a time signature that you are fairly comfortable with when learning a brand new piece.

You can also take a look at the notes. Easy piano songs for beginners may include many quarter notes, half notes, and whole notes, while more complex pieces use eighth notes and sixteenth notes, or dotted rhythms. These may be more suitable for intermediate or advanced pianists.

Look at the Key Signature

The easiest key to play is C Major because you only play the white keys. Many beginner songs are in C Major, G Major, and F Major because they have a limited number of sharps or flats. Pieces with less than three sharps or flats are the most suitable if you are just starting out.

Intermediate pianists may be comfortable playing B Major, D Major, and A Major, while advanced players can likely easily handle any key signature, major or minor. 

Check the Note Density

This isn’t foolproof, but you can get an idea of the complexity of a song by seeing how many notes are on the page and how many notes make up the chords. The more notes there are on the page, or the more notes there are in a chord, the more complex the song likely is. 

If you’re a beginner, you should avoid songs with many notes and look for music that is simple and clear. If you’re an intermediate pianist, look for sheet music with two or three-note chords and shorter scales, and if you’re an advanced player, you can push yourself with four-note chords, scales, long finger stretches, and many more notes on the page.

Search for the Songs You Love

The most motivating way to continue practicing is to work on songs you love that are also on your level. Don’t get discouraged if the song you want is too difficult; there are many sheet music arrangements for every level. With a little searching, you will likely be able to find a version that is within your skill level and work up to a more difficult one.