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Learn Piano Notes – The Notes Of The Piano

By Semaj . Faggett

It is actually easy easy to learn piano notes, if you know where to start. Well, this lesson can help you start learning.

First things first, you have to have a piano with you. Otherwise, it will be twice as hard to learn the notes. If by chance you don’t have a piano or keyboard with you, a good alternative is a virtual piano that is available online for free. For actual practice though, a virtual piano would not suffice.

The Keys On The Piano

As you can observe, there are two types of keys on the piano – the white keys that go all the way down to the edge of the key bed and the black keys that are half the length of the white ones. On a standard acoustic piano, there are 88 keys which correspond to 88 different sounds. However, you should remember that despite the number of keys, there will always be only seven notes that these keys produce. These 7 notes correspond to the seven letters of the music alphabet – A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. In the music alphabet, though, the first letter is actually not A but C. This is because it is the least complex of all notes.

The Notes of the White Keys of the Piano

The white keys produce the natural tones, thus the name ‘naturals’. There are 7 different natural notes – C, D, E, F, G, A and B. After the B, the pattern repeats itself.

The Notes Of The Black Keys

The black keys are called the accidentals that are actually modified versions of the natural notes beside them. On the piano, there are only five black keys for all accidentals.

Accidentals create two types of sounds – flats and sharps. The flat and sharp sounds are created depending on the position of the accidental relevant to the natural note.

The sharp accidentals produce a sound that is slightly higher than the flat accidentals. This slight version is measured by the term halftone, which is defined as the least possible interval between two notes. On the other hand, flats or flat accidentals create a slower lower sound than the natural they modify. Again, like with the sharp notes, the difference is just a halftone. To understand this concept better, look at the examples below.

For simplicity, look for the key of D on your keyboard that is next to the Middle C. Now, look at the black keys on either side of the D key. The black key to the left of the D key is called its flat and the black key to its right is called its sharp.

Remember that this principle applies to all other keys on the keyboard. MOST of the natural keys on the keyboard have their sharp and flat accidentals. For the rest, the natural key on the side where there is no black key serves as their accidentals.

To better learn piano notes, it is best that you put the things you have learned into practice. Do this by identifying all black and white keys by their names. At this point, you need not memorize all the black keys by name. In time, this will come naturally.

Included in the most essential things you need to do before you can actually play the piano is to learn piano notes for the notes, themselves, form the melody behind every music. To find the tricks, tips and advises on learning how to play the piano, check out the information on my website.

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