Get to Know Your White Keys

Ok now lets start! First let's identify the notes on your keyboard. Below, you can see a picture of a keyboard with labeled white keys from C to C (C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C). This is what we call an octave. Octave is usually defined as a tone that is eight diatonic degrees above or below another given tone. Well this just complicates everything.. to simplify things, it means C to C (lower C to higher C or vice versa), B to B, A to A, etc.. It might look intimidating at this point but I assure you it will become much simpler as we go through the lessons. For now, I just want you to identify the C note on your keyboard. The simpliest way to do that is to look at your black keys. You will notice that the black keys are grouped, two black keys as one group and another for three black keys. C is always the note or white key before the two grouped black keys. 

Piano Keyboard

Now that you've identified the C note on your keyboard you can now easily identify the A to G notes! All the other keys are just repeating as we go up and down the keyboard. Below is my special two octave keyboard. C to Middle C is one octave then Middle C to C (green part) is another octave combined together makes two octaves. I hope you got the idea here. I know you are curious about the Middle C, well again to keep things as simple as possible this is the C that lies on the center of your keyboard or piano. If you have an 88-key piano keyboard that would be the fourth C key.

At this point I would recommend you to go to your keyboard and start getting familiar with the white keys on your keyboard. This is very essential, the more familiar you are with the notes the faster you will progress. After reading through this article, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify the C note on your keyboard
  • Name all the white keys on your keyboard (from A to G)
  • Identify the middle C
  • Identify and give a basic explanation of octaves

See you on our next lesson!