With so many free resources online, why would you ever pay for piano lessons? Easy. Because many of the online resources are garbage. A basic Google search for “online piano lessons” returns a splurge of shoddy websites that look like they were designed on a calculator, and YouTube videos by decent pianists who tragically know nothing about video production. Lucky for you, we’ve dug through the junk, and located some buried gems. Here are the best piano websites.
The real treasures on this site are the piano forums. Behold here a wealth of discussion threads geared toward students, teachers, technicians—and even a smattering of general interest categories that have nothing to do with piano.
In addition to a piano forum, covering many of the same topics as PianoWorld, PianoStreet has an informative blog that is updated about twice a month. Topics include art forms and videos related to piano, mini-profiles, Q&As with pianists/composers, and other news and factoids.
For learning music theory nothing beats good old-fashioned text and graphics. This site has interactive images and written lessons on everything from reading music to understanding chord progressions. Check out the exercises and interactive composing tools as well.
This is one of the most comprehensive sheet music databases out there. A sheet music app is also available on iPad and other smart devices for easy reading while playing.
Like MusicNotes, VirtualSheetMusic has a great library of titles, and an app for your smartphone or iPad. One of the standout features on this site is that each title in a search result is tagged with easy, medium, or hard skill level, so you know what kind of challenge you’re getting into before you buy it.
Perhaps because this is a free download site for public domain arrangements, the selection is limited to classical pieces. But as far as those go, PianoPublicDomain certainly doesn’t skimp; it’s got more than 20,000 pages of sheet music pdfs from all the major composers.
He calls himself the PlayPianoKing, and you won’t hear us dispute that title anytime soon. His lessons are for learning songs, not music theory. The videos are easy to follow, with the notes written above the keys, and also in columns in the upper half of the screen.
Bill’s 100+ music theory piano lessons are especially great for anyone pursuing jazz improvisation or songwriting. He’s also got a book out, How to Really Play the Piano, which he links to from his YouTube page.
From dog training to repurposing milk jugs, eHow is indiscriminate in the range of topics covered. Its music channel has a few piano playing tutorials, but also delves into the inner workings of the piano itself. For any pianist curious about how the piano works, this channel is sure to please.