Naming White Keys on the Piano

The music alphabet is shorter than the regular alphabet, as it only has seven letters.

They are A-B-C-D-E-F-G.

It is a good idea to learn them backwards as well. G-F-E-D-C-B-A.

The white keys on the piano are A-B-C-D-E-F-G, then repeats A-B-C-D-E-F-G.

 

FINDING F-G-A-B ON THE PIANO

Let’s use the set of 3 black keys as a tool to learn the names of its 4 white surrounding keys.

Let’s start with F. ¬†We will find F to the left of the first of the 3 black keys. Practice finding all F’s on your piano.

Next we will find G. G can be found between the 1st and 2nd of the 3 black keys. Practice finding all the G’s on your piano.

We can find A located between the 2nd and 3rd of the black keys on the piano. Now practice finding all the A’s on your piano.

B can be found to the right of the 3rd black key. Practice finding all the B’s on your piano or keyboard.

Quick recap:

Surrounding the 3 black keys we have F-G-A-B,

  • F – to the left of the first of the 3 black keys
  • G – between the first and second black keys (of the set of 3)
  • A – between the second and third black keys (of the set of 3)
  • B – to the right of the third black key (of the set of 3)

Now we will learn the three remaining letters.

FINDING C-D-E ON THE PIANO

We are going to find C-D-E near the set of 2 black keys on the piano.

C can be found to the left of the set of 2 black keys.

D can be found in the center of the 2 black keys.

E can be found to the right of the 2 black keys.

To recap:

Surrounding the sets of 2 black keys we have C-D-E:

  • C to the left of the 2 black keys.
  • D in the center of the 2 black keys.
  • E to the right of the 2 black keys.

Easy breezy! Now get to memorizing them!