Piano keyboard diagram, layout of keys and notes. The name of the black key is determined by the direction in which the player moves on the keyboard. She is already mastering the songs from Mary Poppins along with some current chart music using her own ear. Play the black keys and say the note names out loud. Each black key in the piano keyboard diagram below has two note names. Modern piano keyboards make use of 52 white keys and 36 black keys, totaling to 88 keys on a piano. To learn the notes on a keyboard, find a set of 3 white keys enclosing 2 black keys, followed by 4 white keys enclosing 3 black keys. Virtual Piano Mapping shows which keys to press on your typing keyboard when you don’t have a digital piano connected. These only appear if you’ve selected a part to play yourself. For the group of two black keys, it’s Db followed by Eb. The first white key in the set is the C key, and the next white key is D, then E, F, G, followed by A, B, and C again. The black ones are raised and are set farther back than the white ones. 76 key keyboards come with 31 black keys and 45 white keys, 61 key keyboards come with 25 black keys and 36 white keys, while 49 key keyboards have 20 black keys and 29 white ones. There's D-Flat (or C-Sharp), E-Flat (or D-Sharp), G-Flat (or F-Sharp), A-Flat (or G-Sharp) and B-Flat (or A-Sharp). The illustration below should explain further. What does sharp and flat really mean? This pattern is consistent for all keyboards. "C" is the first white key to the left of the pair. Play each white key then play the black key to the immediate left of it and say their names. However, simple “coordination” requires that you at least know the basics, so be sure to know where your Middle C note is. If you're using Synthesia with a non-English typing keyboard, this forum post describes how to customize the virtual piano mapping to match your keyboard layout. Find the note middle "C" on the piano. Karen writes: My 10 year old daughter has a 54 key keyboard and is teaching herself to play it. So the black keys play the notes, Db Eb Gb Ab Bb. I created this “How to label notes on the piano keyboard” article based on a reader’s question.

Many piano chords also incorporate black keys, but you really don’t have to memorize the names of those black keys if you don’t want to.
This will serve as the starting point for your labeling. Practice, practice, practice until you know it by heart. The black keys on the keyboard or piano take the name of the white keys that are next to it but are followed by the signs of sharp and flat. Each key on the keyboard represents a specific musical note. To find middle "C," locate the set of two black notes that is closest to the center of the keyboard. That way, … which includes seven octaves plus a minor third (from A0 to C8).