The White keys
- See how there are two black keys then three black keys – then two again – then three and so on
- Each pattern contains the SAME 12 notes but at higher or lower pitches. Think of Mickey Mouse singing a high C note and Pavarotti singing a low C note – same note but at different pitches.
- These notes are represented by the first seven letters of the alphabet…
- A, B, C, D, E, F, and G repeated at different pitches.
- It is important that you are able (eventually) to name ALL the white notes.
- Use the pattern of the BLACK keys to help you.
- For instance, notice that the C keys are the keys to the left of the ‘2’ black keys or that the F keys are one key to left of the ‘3’ black keys.
- Using the black keys to guide you see if you can find the following notes and where they are repeated.
- Repeat this exercise until you can automatically name any white key on the piano
- (G, B, A, D, C, E)
The Black keys
- The black keys are known as either SHARPS ( # ) or FLATS (b)
- (don’t worry about WHY – just memorize it all for now)
- They are named using the white key NEAREST to them on their left or right.
- Can you see how the other black keys are named