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My Reviews Of 6 Easy Piano Disney Songbooks

Updated on May 29, 2017

Music is medicine for the soul. I think most people know this, but people who play instruments feel it on a deeper level than others. As a pianist, nothing makes me happier than to play music that I grew-up with and loved as a child. It makes me remember the happy parts of my childhood and fills my heart with light. I've purchased several Disney Songbooks over the years.

If you're reading this article, you're probably thinking about buying a Disney Songbook as well. Hopefully, my reviews of these books will help you make the right purchase.

Hal Leonard

All these music books were made by Hal Leonard. If you play piano and haven't heard of Hal Leonard, then you have been missing out. Hal Leonard has one of the best music book series for teaching people how to play piano. It's how I learned piano from when I was a child into adulthood. Most piano teachers use their books with all of their students.

Their sheet music is very high quality. They get the rights to make sheet music directly from the people who created it, so their songs are usually the most accurate and authentic sounding of any sheet music you can buy.

How Easy Are Easy Songbooks?

This part is actually extremely confusing. I hate the label "Easy Songbook" because it can mean anything from bare basic beginning level piano songs to intermediate music. I actually buy a lot of intermediate piano music that is labelled "Easy Songbook." That's partly why I wrote this article because I want to help you buy the book you need at your level, so you can get the most for your money.

The problem is the term "easy" means different things to different people. For new piano players, even the easiest song book, where you only play with one hand can be extremely difficult to follow. But for someone who has been playing for over two decades, like I have, the intermediate "Easy Songbooks" are still easy because we've been playing for so long that we can play every song almost perfectly after only a couple of attempts at it. Sometimes even on the first try.

So I'll be telling you what level each book is at, so you can make the purchase that is best for you.

Ranking

I listed these books in the order of easiest to hardest to play. I will explain further how difficult or easy they are in my reviews of them.

Song Lists

I've also included lists for the songs in every book because I know some people are looking for certain songs in particular that they want to play.

Some Songbooks Are Also Available In Ebook

Most of these books are available in either e-book or physical copy. E-book piano books tend to be cheaper because they are less desirable. I was skeptical of them before I bought one, but they work pretty good. I wouldn't recommend buying them if you need reading glasses. They are smaller print than the physical books, but not small enough that someone with normal vision would have to squint at them. It's also better if you have a kindle or large tablet (something book size) to read the sheet music with rather than just your phone. I highly recommend considering purchasing some of the e-book versions of piano books you are interested in to save money and space, if that is something you are looking for.

I've been able to look at both the e-book and print version of each of these books.

#1 E-Z Play Today Disney Favorites (Volume 392)

My Thoughts

This book is as easy as it gets. If you are a first year student, this is probably the type of book you are looking for.

While it shows you on the treble clef where each note is located, each note is also labeled by it's letter name. This is for piano players who are so new to music that they don't know how to read it yet. They are just learning where the keys are on the piano, how long to press each note, and where to place their fingers. It also lets you play only one handed.

If you (or the person you are purchasing this for) is a student who has only recently started studying how to play, this is the book that you choose.

Songs Available In This Book

Most of these are older songs, from Disney movies that were made in the 90's or earlier. They come from both live action Disney and cartoons.

Here are what songs are included in the book: The Age Of Not Believing, Alice In Wonderland, Belle, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The Bare Necessities, Be Our Guest, Beauty & The Beast, Bella Notte, Beyond The Sea, Can You Feel The Love Tonight?, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Candle On The Water, Circle Of Life, Chim Chim Cher-Ee, Cruella De Vil, Colors Of The Wind, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Ev,rybody Wants To Be A Cat, Friend Like Me, Hakuna Matata, Go The Distance, God Help The Outcasts, Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride, I Wan'na Be Like You, I'm Late, If I Didn't Have You, If I Never Knew You, Kiss The Girl, It's A Small World, Let's Go Fly A Kite, Look Through My Eyes, The Lord Is Good To Me, Mickey Mouse March, My Funny Friend And Me, Part Of Your World, Once Upon A Dream, Perfect Isn't Easy, A Pirate's Life, Promise, Reflection, The Second Star To The Right, Someone's Waiting For You, Seize The Day, The Siamese Cat Song, Someday, Something There, A Spoonful Of Sugar, Strangers Like Me, Trust In Me, Two Worlds, The Unbirthday Song, Under The Sea, When She Loved Me, Where The Dream Takes You, A Whole New World, Winnie The Pooh, The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers, Woody's Roundup, Written In The Stars, Yo Ho, You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!, You'll Be In My Heart, You've Got A Friend In Me, Zero To Hero, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

#2 The Easy Disney Fake Book

My Thoughts

This book is also for people who are either in their first or second year of learning how to play piano. It's a little harder because the notes aren't actually labeled this time. You are expected to read the sheet music. But all the songs are in the key of C to keep it simple and are songs you only have to play with one hand. So this book is still way too easy for anyone with years of experience to play, but a good challenge for someone who is a beginner.

Songs Available In This Book

There are a lot of Disney Songs in this book. I think it has the largest variety of songs of any of these books and the songs range from really old Disney songs to fairly recent ones. They are both from live action movies and cartoons.

Here is the list of them: Alice In Wonderland, The Age Of Not Believing, Arabian Nights, The Aristocrats, Baby Mine, The Bare Necessities, Be Our Guest, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, Beauty & The Beast, Bella Notte, Belle, Best Of Friends, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Can You Feel The Love Tonight?, Breaking Free, Candle On The Water, Chim Chim Cher-Ee, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Circle Of Life, Colors Of The Wind, Cruella De Vil, Ducktales Theme, Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat, Feed The Birds, Friend Like Me, Give A Little Whistle, Find Yourself, Go The Distance, God Help The Outcasts, Hakuna Matata, Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride, He's A Tramp, He's A Pirate, Heigh-Ho, Herbie, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, I Wonder, I'm Late, I've Got No Strings, If I Didn't Have You, If I Never Knew You, It's A Small World, Kiss The Girl, Jiminy Cricket, Lavender Blue, Les Poissons, Let's Go Fly A Kite, Let's Get Together, Little April Shower, Life's What You Make It, Look Through My Eyes, The Medallion Calls, Mickey Mouse March, Never Smile At A Crocodile, My Funny Friend And Me, Nobody's Perfect, Once Upon A Dream, Old Yeller, Part Of Your World, A Pirate's Life, R-E-S-C-U-E Rescue Aid Society, Reflection, Remember When, Rumbly In My Tumbly, The Second Star To The Right, Seize The Day, The Siamese Cat Song, So Dear To My Heart, Some Day My Prince Will Come, A Spoonful Of Sugar, Someday, Someone's Waiting For You, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, That's How You Know, Toyland March, The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, Trust In Me, Two Worlds, The Unbirthday Song, Under The Sea, We're All In This Together, True Love's Kiss, A Whale Of A Tale, When She Loved Me, Where The Dream Takes You, When You Wish Upon A Star, Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?, Whistle While You Work, A Whole New World, Winnie The Pooh, The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers, Yo Ho, Woody's Roundup, Written In The Stars, You Are The Music In Me, You'll Be In My Heart, You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!, You've Got A Friend In Me, Zero To Hero, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

#3 Disney - 48 Classic Tunes From 33 Disney Movies & Shows

My Thoughts

This song book is made for intermediate musicians. The songs are still easy for someone like me who has been playing piano for two decades, but is probably too hard for someone who is in their first year of piano playing, unless they are picking up really fast.

You have to read sheet music for both hands. There are lots of different key signatures and changes. Also, there are chords in some of the songs.

I'd recommend this book for a second or third year piano student (and beyond.)

Songs Available In This Book

The songs from this book are all old, from the 90's and earlier. There are songs from live action Disney stuff and also the cartoons, but much less live action songs than in the other books.

Here's the list: The Age Of Not Believing, Alice In Wonderland, Arabian Nights, The Aristocrats, The Bare Necessities, Be Our Guest, Beauty & The Beast, Best Of Friends, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Cinderella, the Court Of Miracles, Cruella De Vil, Following The Leader, Go The DIstance, A Guy Like You, Hakuna Matatata, Higitus Figitus, Honor To Us All, I Love To Laugh, I Won't Say (I'm In Love), I'm Late, If I Never Knew You (Love Theme From Pocahontas), It's A Small World, It's Not Easy, Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly), Let's Get Together, Listen With Your Heart, Little April Shower, The Lord Is Good To Me, Mickey Mouse March, Never Smile At A Crocodile, Once Upon A Dream, Oo-De-Lally, Part Of Your World, Perfect Isn't Easy, Reflection, Rumbly In My Tumbly, Seize The Day, The Siamese Cat Song, A Star Is Born, Stay Awake, The Unbirthday Song, Under The Sea, A Whale Of A Tale, A Whole New World, Winnie The Pooh, The Work Song, You've Got A Friend In Me

#4 The Disney Collection

My Thoughts

This book, the previous one, and the next two are all about at the same difficulty level. They have key signature changes and don't all play in the key of c, you have to read notes and play with both hands. They're easy for someone who has played for many years, but will be a challenge for someone who has played two to three years for sure.

The thing I hate about some books like these being labeled as "easy" song books is that I don't want students who play piano to be intimidated if they can't play these songs yet or if the songs are challenging for them to learn. We were all at that point at one time, so try the easier books first if you get this one and it's too hard for you. Eventually, you will get there.

Songs Available In This Book

The majority of the songs in this book are older Disney songs, from the 90's and earlier. There are songs from both Live Action and Cartoon Disney Movies. (It has more of a focus, in the Live Action Disney Section on Mary Poppins songs than the other books do.)

Here Is The List Of Them: Baby Mine, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett. The Bare Necessities, Bella Notte, Best Of Friends, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Candle On The Water, Casey Junior, Cim Chim Cher-ee, Cruella De Vil, A nDream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat, Feed The Birds, Following The Leader, Give A Little Whistle, He;s A Tramp, Heigh-Ho, Hi-Diddle-Dee, I Wan'na Be Like You, I Wonder, I've Got No Strings, It's A Small World, Jolly Holiday, Kiss The Girl, Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly), Let's Go Fly A Kite, Little April Shower, Love Is A Song, Mickey Mouse Alma Mater, Mickey Mouse March, Once Upon A Dream, One Song, Part Of Your World, Saludos Amigos, The Second Star To The Right, The Siamese Cat Song, So This Is Love, Some Day My Prince Will Come, Someone's Waiting For You, A Spoonful Of Sugar, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, Under The Sea, When I See An Elephant Fly, When You Wish Upon A Star, Whistle While You Work, Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?, Winnie The Pooh, With A Smile And A Song, The Work Song, Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me), You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Theme From Zorro

#5 Disney Mega-Hit Movies

My Thoughts

This book is about as hard as the other two. There are different key signatures, key signature changes, chords, you have to read sheet music for both hands and play with both hands. The main difference between this one and the previous ones is there is more modern music. A lot of it is still pretty old, even the "modern" stuff is all from the early 2000's, but the other two books contain only really old Disney classics. This contains a mixture of both.

Songs Available In This Book

Some Of The Songs In This Book Are More Modern Than The Other Books. Most Of The Songs Are Still Old, But Some Of The Music Actually Comes From After The Year 2000. It Contains More Live Action Disney Songs Than The Other Books On This List, But Also A Ton Of Songs From The Cartoons.

Here Is The List Of Them: Be Our Guest, Beauty & The Beast, Belle, Can You Feel The Love Tonight?, Circle Of Life, Colors Of The Wind, Friend Like Me, Go The Distance, God Help The Outcasts, Hakuna Matata, Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, If I Didn't Have You, If I Never Knew You (Love Theme From Pocahontas), The Incredits, Just Around The Riverbend, Kiss The Girl, Les Poissons, Look Through My eyes, The Medallion Calls, My Funny Friend & Me, One Jump Ahead, Our Town, Part Of Your World, Reflection, Someday, That's How You Know, True Love's Kiss, Two Worlds, Under The Sea, We're All In This Together, What I've Been Looking For, When She Loved Me, A Whole New World, You Are The Music In Me, You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version), You've Got A Friend In Me, Zero To Hero

#6 Frozen

My Thoughts

This is the book most people looking at this list are probably going to want to by because of the music inside of it. That's fine, but I'd caution anyone who is less than a second or third year student from buying this. Like the previous two, it has key signatures with sharps and flats, key signature changes, chords, playing with both hands, notes you have to read with both hands. It's way too hard for a first year student to probably be able to play, yet very easy for someone like me who has been playing for over two decades. You have to be honest with yourself about what level you are at before purchasing and just know with practice that you can work your way up to this music over time if you're not there yet.

Songs Available In This Book

This book is the smallest book with the fewest available songs because it focuses on only one movie, but it has pretty much every song from that one movie and these songs are difficult to find in other Disney Songbooks.

Here's what's available, in order: Frozen Heart, Do You Want To Build A Snowman? (my favorite, but I know most people prefer "Let it Go"), For The First Time In Forever, Love Is An Open Door, Let It Go (I know all of you were looking for this one!), Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People, In Summer, For The First Time In Forever (Reprise), Fixer Upper, Vuelie, Heimr Arnadalr

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