Introduction to the White Keys on Piano

An excellent place to begin your music study is with this introduction to the white keys on piano.


Introduction to White Keys on Piano

This introduction to white keys on piano begins with the seven letter names in music.  They are A, B, C, D, E, F and G. 

Use only these letter names in the entire realm of western music!   This sequence of letter names is seen in the keyboard graphic below.  This repeats over and over again from the bottom of the keyboard to the top.

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The three black key groups can be used to locate the piano keys of F, G, A and B.   

The two black key groups can be used to locate the piano keys of C, D and E.

PIANO KEY NOTES

 The piano key notes located directly underneath the 2 black note groups are always going to be C-D-E  regardless of where you are on the piano keyboard.  Go to your piano keyboard right now and locate all of the C-D-E white piano keys located under each 2 black note group.

The piano key notes located directly underneath the 3 black note groups are always going to be F-G-A-B at any location on your piano or keyboard.  (Reminder: electric keyboards usually have only 60 keys total but the arrangement of notes is still the same.)

The piano key of C located in the very middle of the piano keyboard represents Middle C.  To truly begin to learn how play the piano you must have these C piano key names memorized.

We will refer to this piano key as Middle C from now on.  Middle C Position refers to both of your thumbs resting on and sharing Middle C.

HOW TO PLAY THE PIANO

To learn how to play the piano practice these 2 exercises for a few days and you will have all of the piano key names memorized:

1.  Go to your keyboard now and start to play all of the C-D-E piano key groups from the lowest (bottom left) to the highest (top right) on your keyboard. Say C – D -E as you play each piano key group.

2.  Now do the same with the F-G-A-B piano key groups from the lowest to the highest.

Treble and Bass Clef Note Links:

Treble clef notes on piano
Bass Clef Note names

 


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