How do I determine at a glance whether a piece is easy?
- Big and clearly structured notationThere is much material for beginners available, but you should have a close look at every piano score before buying. Pay attention to a clearly structured notation layout. Check for any confusing notation signs or instructions you do not know (yet). The clearer and more homogenous the score sheet is, the easier it is to find your way throught the arrangement.
- No, or very few, accidentalsAccidentals can psychologically make a piece seem more complex and harder to play than it actually is. This is why easy piano sheet music should not be fraught with accidentals. Don't worry: As a piano beginner you might wish for a world without accidentals, but you can totally handle a piece with one or two of them.
- Easy left handThe simpler, calmer and more constant the left hand is, the more you can concentrate on the melody, and your right hand. Pieces with an easy left hand (the bass staff lower score line) will have notes that are close to each other in range, and rhythm, and that are probably even in a repetitive pattern.
- Few jumpsA similar recommendation for the right hand: Easy piano sheet music should contain as few tone jumps as possible, and no complex chord setting. How to recognize an easy linear melody: Notes follow each other "on a path" up or down and are within the range of notation you have learned to read and play, ideally within an Octave, or better even, within the range of a Fifth.