Learn Piano Key Playing

Learn the keys on a piano keyboard by reading the information in this article!

Have you ever wanted to "tickle the ivories?" Learning the basics of piano playing is not as difficult as you might think. Find out how you can learn the names of then notes and also learn where they are located on a piano keyboard by reading this article.

A piano keyboard is made-up of a total of eighty-eight keys which are black and white. The white keys are called the "naturals", and the black keys are called the "sharps" or "flats", depending on whether or not they are high or low. The far left key on the keyboard is the lowest note, while the far right key is the highest note. There are only seven musical notes that you have to remember, and they simply repeat themselves on the keyboard. The notes, in order, are C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. Their positions are easy to find if you remember these basic rules: The C note is always located left of the set of two black keys. The D note is located between the set of two black keys. The E note is located directly to the right of the two black key set. The F note is directly to the left of the three-black key set. The G note is located in between the first and the second black keys in the three-black key set. The A note is located in between the second and the third keys in the three-black key set. And the B note is located to the direct right of the three-black key set. Or, you can remember the notes and their positions by noting that the rest of the keys follow the C note in order. Once you find a C note, you can figure out where the rest are. And, the C note closest to the middle of the piano keyboard is appropriately called the, "Middle C."

Now, these notes correspond to the notes on a musical staff. That is, of course, how you know which notes to play on the piano or on any other instrument. Unless you play by ear which many people who don't read a note of music do!

Now that we have found out about the notes on a piano keyboard, let's learn about the sheet music. The notes are arranged on a staff which consists of five lines along with four spaces in between each line. Each line of the staff corresponds to a musical note. Starting at the bottom of the staff, and moving upwards, the notes are E, G, B, D, and F. You might have been taught a trick in grade school on how to remember this by thinking of the phrase, "Every Good Boy Does Fine."

The spaces in between the lines represent musical notes also, and these notes are F, A, C, and E. Again, an easy way to remember this is to note that the notes spell "FACE." When a note is placed on a line or space, it represents, starting at the bottom staff line, an E note, F note, G note, A note, B note, C note, D note, and an E note. Yes, there are two E notes. The one on top is higher than the one on the bottom.

It really is about as easy as that. There are more details for you to learn about the notes and the beat of the music, but now you know the names of the notes and their locations.

All you need to do now is to get some sheet music for some simple songs, such as "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and you can read the notes on the musical staff. Find the corresponding notes on the piano keyboard and you are on your way to plunking out some recognizable tunes!

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