Cheat Sheet

Piano For Dummies

From Piano For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Blake Neely

Learning to play the piano takes a lot of practice. For that practice to be productive, though, you need to make sure your hands are in the right place to get the notes you want and that you correctly translate musical terms and symbols.

Common Musical Symbols and Terms for Playing the Piano

When you’re learning to play the piano, or any instrument for that matter, it can be hard to remember all those different musical terms and symbols — bass or treble clef, whole notes or half notes, confusing time signatures, and more. The following can help you keep all these music symbols and terms straight — and if you get stuck often, print this sheet to use as a quick reference when you need it.

Click here to download and print this handy reference.


Piano Keys and Their Corresponding Notes

The names of each piano key and each key’s location on the keyboard can be difficult to remember when getting started playing piano. Print this page (the notes are large enough to see easily from a distance) and place it right above the keys on your piano or keyboard to help you instantly recall the note name for each key.

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