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Let's take a look at a small portion of an 88 key keyboard.  The first 7 notes are in red.  Notice how the next set of green notes repeat the same alphabetical letter sequence.  The green notes are one octave above the red notes.

 

HOW TO QUICKLY LEARN THE NAMES OF ALL THE WHITE KEYS IN JUST MINUTES

You can instantly learn the names of all the white keys in just a few seconds. If you know the name of the white key that is to the left of the two black keys then everything else falls into place. The name of the white key that is left of the two black keys is C. All the names of the keys just follow the alphabet. So, the next white key which is in-between the two black keys is D. Next comes E, then F, and the 5th note of the scale will be the 
white key called G.

C D E F G A B C

An eighty-eight key piano has a total of 8 different keys with the name of C. There are deep sounding C notes (keys) toward the left of the keyboard. Middle C is located close to the middle of the piano. Then the remainder of the C notes (keys) that are positioned towards the right of middle C have higher tones.

There is a SPECIFIC NAME for each of the eight C's found on the keyboard.  They are simply named by numerical order.  The first C to the far left on your piano is called C1.  Then, all of the other C's just follow numerically, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, C-7,- C8

This graphic only shows you the left half of the piano.  You just need to remember that there are four more C positions C-5, C-6,- C-7, and C-8 which are not represented in this graphic.

Note also, that in a standard 88 key piano the very first key to the far left is the letter A.  Some people learn the names of the keys better by referring to the first letter of the alphabet which is A, rather than starting with C which is located next to the left of the two black keys.

Once you understand the order of C1 through C8, then you can understand that the other keys also have numerical names.  There is a D1 through D7.  Just apply this principle to all the other  keys: E - F - G - A - B

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW THAT MIDDLE C IS C-4.

Click onto this link to get the piano keyboard exercise paper.  Once you print up the paper, take a pencil and write in the letter name for each blank white key in the graphic.  Write your answer directly into the white key on your paper.

Practice playing C-1 through C-8 on your piano and as you press down on any given C key say out loud which one it is, for example, you might be on the 4th C and say out loud, "C-4".

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