Piano Arrangements Explained

Piano Arrangements Explained

Since its invention in the late 17th century, the piano has been one of the most widely played musical instruments. It's one of the few instruments that can be played solo or in a group across such a wide range of settings and genres. And it is accessible for any skill level too.

But knowing what to play, or even where to start, can be a real challenge for many musicians.

Pianists everywhere take heart. We have broken down the different piano arrangement types, catering for total beginners, accomplished players, and everyone in between. Plus, we have selected a few of our favorite titles for each difficulty to get you started.


Super Easy Piano

Our most accessible arrangements, comprising simple right-hand melody, letter names inside each note, basic left-hand chord diagrams, and no page turns! If you've never played piano before, or are just getting started, this is a perfect place to begin.

Super Easy Piano Sheet Music Notation Sample

Recommended Super Easy Piano Sheet Music:
All of Me, John Legend
Let It Be, The Beatles
Let It Go (from Frozen), Idina Menzel
Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen
Can't Stop the Feeling (from Trolls), Justin Timberlake

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5-Finger Piano

Features single-note melody lines that stay in one position, indicated by small keyboard diagrams at the beginning of each song. Each song also includes lyrics and beautifully written piano accompaniments that can be played by teachers, parents, or more experienced students.
5-Finger Piano Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended 5-Finger Piano Sheet Music:
Beauty and the Beast, Alan Menken
Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland
Don't Stop Believin', Journey
Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
I Have a Dream, ABBA

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Big-Note Piano

Presented in an easy-to-read, larger-note format designed for players with 2-3 years of piano study. Using simple keys, basic rhythms, and minimal syncopation, these appealing arrangements also include lyrics and simplified chord symbols.
Big-Note Piano Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Big-Note Piano Sheet Music:
Havana (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello
Theme from Jurassic Park, John Williams
I'm Still Standing, Elton John
You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban
How Far I'll Go (from Moana) (arr. Phillip Keveren), Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Very Easy Piano

Presented in a standard note-size format. Movement around the keyboard is limited, rhythms are simplified, and much of the time the melody is presented as a single line.
Very Easy Piano Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Very Easy Piano Sheet Music:
Star Wars (Main Theme), John Williams
All of Me, John Legend
Believer, Imagine Dragons
Imagine, John Legend
Rewrite the Stars (from The Greatests Showman), Pasek & Paul

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Beginner Piano

Abridged arrangements that include lyrics, chord symbols, and useful fingerings. As with Very Easy Piano, movement around the keyboard is limited and rhythms are often simplified.
Beginner Piano Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Beginner Piano Sheet Music:
Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber), Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Claire de Lune, Claude Debussy
A Thousand Years (from Breaking Dawn), Christina Perri
The Sound of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel
I See the Light (from Tangled), Alan Menken

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Easy Piano

Musically satisfying arrangements for anyone with a few years of experience at the piano and beyond. These simplified presentations include original bass lines, chord progressions, syncopation, and lyrics.
Easy Piano Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Easy Piano Sheet Music:
Perfect, Ed Sheeran
Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen
A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman), Pasek & Paul
All of Me, John Legend
Claire de Lune, Claude Debussy

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Piano Solo

Encompasses a very wide range of difficulty—everything from "just a little more difficult than Easy Piano" to quite advanced. Sometimes the arrangements are literal transcriptions, other times they are intentionally "creative."
Piano Solo Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Piano Solo Sheet Music:
Comptine D'un Autre Été (from Amélie), Yann Tiersen
I Giorni, Ludovico Einaudi
River Flows in You, Yiruma
Perfect (arr. The Piano Guys), Ed Sheeran
A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) (arr. The Piano Guys), Pasek & Paul

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Piano, Vocal & Guitar

Our most popular arrangement type, and our most versatile too. In addition to the piano staff, these arrangements feature a vocal line with complete lyrics and full guitar chord diagrams. For piano-based songs, the piano stays relatively true to the piano part in the original recording. In less piano-centric songs, the piano part provides a condensed version of what is going on in the band.

There are two different variations of this arrangement:

Piano, Vocal & Guitar (Right-Hand Melody) arrangements are ideal for the pianist who wants to play their favorite songs without the need to sing along, since the vocal melody is incorporated into the right-hand of the piano part.
Piano, Vocal & Guitar (Right-Hand Melody) Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Piano, Vocal & Guitar (Right-Hand Melody) Sheet Music:
Perfect, Ed Sheeran
You Are the Reason, Calum Scott
This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman), Pasek & Paul
My Love, My Life (from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), ABBA
Havana (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello

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Piano, Vocal & Guitar arrangements are ideal for pianist-singers or accompanists. The vocal melody exists only in the vocal line and the piano is designed to accompany the singer. Piano & Vocal is also very similar, but without guitar chord frames.
Piano, Vocal & Guitar Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Piano, Vocal & Guitar Sheet Music:
All of Me, John Legend
Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen
Someone Like You, Adele
A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
Thank You For the Music, ABBA

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Piano/Keyboard Transcription

Features authentic, off-the-record transcriptions of your favorite piano or keyboard parts so you can study and play some of the best songs of all time. Each song includes note-for-note parts, exactly as they were recorded. Consider these transcriptions "gold" for the gigging musician who needs to learn that impressive keyboard solo.
Piano/Keyboard Transcription Sheet Music Notation Sample
Recommended Piano/Keyboard Transcription Sheet Music:
Summertime, Oscar Peterson
I'm Still Standing, Elton John
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
Superstition, Stevie Wonder
Foreplay/Long Time (Long Time), Boston

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