After a few decades of hibernation, I’m resolved to pick up my (very rudimentary) piano skills again. I breezed through the first six or seven lesson books at an accelerated pace back when I was younger (I already knew how to read music and had been horsing around on my sister’s books for years), but I stopped after a year because I hatedhatedhatedhated my teacher.
But I still kept it up on my own into college, and would try to find piano pieces from the (mostly) classical repertoire that were within my skill level and didn’t have terrifying key signatures. Satie & basic Debussy were faves, some Beethoven, but I learned Joplin too, and other recognizable bits (“Terms of Endearment” theme, “Linus & Lucy”, etc.).
I don’t have any of that music anymore, so I need to start from scratch. I already bought a Piano Exercises for Dummies book so I can work on my scales, fingering, etc. I know that’s important and a priority (especially since I’m twice as old as I was back then). But I also want to slowly start eking out some tunes, too.
And this means pieces that were written specifically for piano. I’m not much into popular tune compilation books, since the arrangements usually suck–though if you know a Great American Songbook collection that might be worth exploring, I’d be interested in that, too. But mostly, classical or ragtime or early jazz suggestions–something that will be a challenge but also well-suited for my (admittedly slow) speed.