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Easy Tricks for Learning Keys

Reading piano keys, explained.

Learn how to recognize any piano key and how the music alphabet works.

You’ll also learn where middle C is and why it’s so important.

This post is for beginner pianists as a resource for piano teachers and students.

The Music Alphabet and Notes

Notes are the musical language: you should play, hear, and understand them to communicate musically.

Every tone in music is a “note” that you can recognize with a letter name or write on the staff.

  • For example, the classic “Mary had a Little Lamb” uses three (or four, depending on your version) notes which are arranged in different patterns to form the song.
  • “Hot Cross Buns” uses three notes, too.

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