Absolutely the best way to learn piano is to take lessons from a good teacher but if you can't schedule or afford regular piano lessons you can learn alot on your own and modern computers have certainly made it all much easier. Here are some good sources.
Best Practice Program
Here is a link to the tool I was mentioning. This tool will allow you to slow down songs (or speed them up if you're so inclined). It also has a pitch correction feature for those songs that weren't recorded exactly in tune. I just realized that this is a Windows only download, so if you have a Mac you will have to do more searching! http://download.cnet.com/BestPractice/3000-2133_4-10794555.html . I've seen other tools for this, but the fact that this one is free makes it hard to beat.
Some books that come with CDs:
Adult All-In One Course Level 1 ISBN 0-88284-818-6 Alfred Basic Piano Course 5756
Adult All-In One Course Level 2 ISBN 0-88284-818-6 Alfred Basic Piano Course 14534
J.S. Bach An Introduction to His Keyboard Music Alfred Publishing ISBN 0-88284-253-6
Mozart The First Book For Pianist Alfred ISBN 0-7390-2236-9
Chopin The First Book For Pianist Alfred ISBN 0-7390-2174-5
Burrage Music www.burragemusic.com/ 4900 Green Road Raleigh, NC 27616 (919) 872-0211
Yoke Wong http://www.pianomother.com/
Yoke Wong, a native of Malaysia started playing piano at the young age of seven. She passed the performance examination of the ATCL Diploma from Trinity College London at seventeen. Yoke also received two degrees from Kansas State University (BS and MS in Foods and Nutrition). Throughout the last decade, she has experienced through piano music God's transformation. Yoke is the founder of Harmony and Melody Studio, Inc, a leading piano educational publisher. Her DVD's and online piano courses, including Definitive Piano Improvisation (awarded the best tools for school by NAMM 2010), The Essentials of Great Hymn Arrangement, Mastering The Art of Piano Sight Reading and many more, are sold in more than 90 countries. She is married with two children and currently resides in Southern California, USA. Yoke is named Who's Who of American Women 2002-2003, Who's Who in America 2003-2004, Who's Who in the World 2004.
ROCKET PIANO - Great for Beginning Players! Despite its childish name, Rocket Piano is a great course for adult learners. The games that come with the course are great for anyone needing the ability to quickly recognize notes or cords and are worth the purchase price if that is all you used from the package. For a very modest cost, Rocket Piano gives you a year's worth of self paced lessons. You download the files, then unzip and print the lesson books. You can also make your own audio CD's to practice along with while sitting at your piano using a MP3 player or the Best Practice program. There are videos you can play on your computer that demonstrate fingering techniques and games that teach you the names of notes, cords and much more. Rocket Piano is a tremendous value for the price! http://www.rocketpiano.com/rpiano2.php
Albert Einstein on Creative Thinking: attributed his scientific insight and intuition mainly to music. "If I were not a physicist," he once said, "I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.... I get most joy in life out of music". What Einstein meant by recounting that " Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work, he would take refuge in music, and that would usually resolve all his difficulties". After playing piano,he would get up saying, "There, now I've got it" Something in the music would guide his thoughts in new and creative directions.