Piano Keys and Their Corresponding Notes
Part of the Piano For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The names of each piano key and each one'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.
A sharp or flat not in the key signature.
A line that divides music into measures, breaking up the musical paragraph into smaller, measurable groups of notes and rests.
A musical symbol that indicates lower the notes, generally played with the left hand.
The steady pulse of a piece of music; what you tap your foot to.
Placing your right-hand thumb on middle C and your other right-hand fingers on the four successive white keys.
Three or more notes played at the same time.
An order that starts with no sharps and flats and cycles the ring of keys to all 12 keys.
A musical symbol that tells you the names of the lines and spaces on the staff.
Numbers written above the notes that tell you which finger to use for each note.
Placing your right hand on the G above middle C and your other right-hand fingers on the four successive white keys.
The largest piano. A concert grand is 9 feet long; a baby grand is about 5 feet.
The treble clef and bass clef joined together with a brace at the start of the left side.
The base note of a piece of music. All the notes in a song have a relation to the home note based on how close or far they are to home.
The distance between any two musical notes.
A set of notes that corresponds to a certain scale.
Notation placed just after the clef on every line of music to tell the performer what key the song is in.
An imaginary line running above or below the staff, extending the five-line staff to represent notes above and below the staff.
A batch of notes with a specific number of beats — most commonly four beats — that helps a performer keep time.
The 40th key of a piano, close to the center of the keyboard. The first key a new pianist learns the placement of.
A device that allows communication between electronic, digital equipment.
The printed representation of a note. A notehead is oval and may be solid or open, an attached to a stem or not.
The line that tells you to play the indicated note or notes an octave higher or lower than written.
The lowest note of a chord.
A series of notes in a specific, consecutive order.
The five lines and four spaces music is written on.
How fast or slow the beat is.
The indication of the meter of a piece of music.
The bottom note of a scale.
A musical symbol that indicates higher the notes, generally played with the right hand.
Three notes per beat.
A piano that sits upright against a wall. Also called verticals, they vary in height from the spinet up to full-size uprights.