Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easy Way to Remember the Notes on a Keyboard

The keyboard has the same structure as a piano. Therefore, it is only necessary to learn where the notes are on the piano or keyboard once. Keyboards vary greatly in size while pianos have minimal variation between models. The key to learning the keyboard note names is to first learn to identify the difference between the two sets of black keys on the keyboard and then learning where middle C is.

Step 1

Next to the set of two blacks keys is the note "C."

Identify the difference between the two sets of black keys on the keyboard. The first set contains two black keys while the second set contains three black keys. The note "C" is always the white key immediately before the set of two black keys. "F" is the white key immediately before the set of three black keys.

Step 2

Learn the rest of the notes in the chromatic scale: C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B and C. Notice that some of the notes may be called more than one thing. These are enharmonics; notes that sound the same but are written differently.

Step 3

Memorize the notes on the piano by applying the chromatic scale. The black keys are all sharps or flats. There are 5 possible sharps or flats on the keyboard. The first two black keys are C# and D# or Db and Eb. The set of three black keys are F#, G# and A# or Gb, Ab and Bb.

Step 4

Discover the names of the white keys, starting with the white key next to the set of two black keys. The notes are alphabetical: C, D, E, F, G, A and B.

Step 5

Find middle C on the piano by looking for the C closest to the middle of the keyboard. This is the C just below the treble clef with one ledger line, or just above the bass clef with one ledger line.