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Layout Piano Keys - Piano Notes And Keys

a lesson on the piano key layout - especially for beginners

The layout of piano keys can seem confusing and may even look a little complicated at first.

But it's actually very, very straightforward and easy...I promise. There is no secret or magic formula, you don't need to be a genius or even musically gifted....anyone can learn this very quickly.

The layout of the piano keys is basically a 12-note (or key) pattern that repeats itself over and over again.

Once you know and understand this one pattern, and the corresponding letter names that match against each key, you will know what each and every key is on the piano.

I'll use a piano key chart - I think it works best if you can 'see' it visually.

Let's take a look at the black keys on the piano. See how they are grouped in twos and threes?


Piano Notes And Keys - Black Keys On A Piano

You'll see how the two and three black note group alternates over and over again.

Next, let's look at the white keys. Each white key has its own letter from the alphabet.

For example, the white key that sits in between the two black group keys, is a D. Always always! - no matter what kind of music you are playing, and whether your instrument is a keyboard, digital or acoustic piano.


Piano Key Layout - Finding D

Or, if you want to know what the white key is just to the right of the three black note group, this is a "B" (always).


Piano Keyboard Keys - Finding B

The alphabet names are the same as the alphabet you already know - it starts at A and goes through to G, then starts at A again. So, A,B,C,D,E,F,G then A,B,C,D,E,F,G etc. and so on.


Layout Piano Keys - The Music Alphabet

Now, you might be wondering, what are the black keys?

Think of the black keys as a slightly 'altered' version of the white keys.

For example, let's take a look at the white C key, which always sits just to the left of the two black key group.

The black key, just to the right, is called a "C sharp" (also looks like C#).

The sound is just a teeny bit higher (if you play the two keys one after the other, you'll hear the difference, it's only slight).

Or, if you look at this white key, which is a B, if you play the black key just to the left of it, this is called a "B flat", or "Bb" - which sounds just a teeny bit lower than the B.


Layout Piano Keys

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