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.