I’ve decided to try and learn reading sheet music, understanding music theory and in particular playing the piano. I only have a few months of experience with my old keyboard that broke recently. I went to the music store to buy a digital piano and chose the Yamaha CLP 685 which arrived earlier today.
Now starts the real fun, though it’s a jungle of theory books, etc. As written I’d really like to become better at reading sheet music to play some classical pieces and later cover some of my favorite music.
Can you recommend any books that cover up most of what you need to know as a beginner - maybe even comes with simple sheet music? Preferably accessible online on the iPad.
Perhaps it’s a good idea to team up with a teacher at some point?
I was about to write a long post, but the answer to your questions is pretty simple:
. . . Get a teacher, and ask him or her.
There's _lots_ to learn, and _lots_ to physically master. It's pretty useless to know the structure of a musical scale, and to know how to translate the scribbles on the sheet music to notes on the keyboard,
. . . unless you have the skill to _actually play_ those notes, with correct rhythm, and correct dynamics and phrasing.
A teacher can help to guide you along a sensible path to those joint goals. It's not impossible
without a teacher, but you'll improve your odds of success if you have one, IMHO.