Learning the Piano Keys

The fastest way to learn the letter names of the piano keys is to use piano key stickers.
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for a wide variety of options on Amazon. You can also pick these up at most music stores.

Another option is to cut the sticky portion a of post-it note and then cut it into small stickers to fit each key. Once you've done that, write the letter name of each piano key on each separate post-it note.

Lesson #1

Middle C, the Music Staff and Ode To Joy

Illustration #1

In Illustration #1 above, the blue circles show the group of 2 black keys, which are always followed by a group of 3 black keys. Notice that the C key is always the first white to the left of every group of 2 black keys. Middle C will always be shown as C4 on the virtual keyboard in every video lesson.

The Music Staff

Illustration #2 below, shows the music staff for the right hand notes, (top - blue), and the music staff for the left hand, (bottom - red).

Each music staff, (top and bottom), is made up of 5 lines and 4 spaces. Music notes are placed on either a line or a space.

A music note is called a space note when the round note head is placed in-between the lines, (see blue note example below). A music note is called a line note when the round note head is placed directly on the line, (see red note example below).

Illustration #2

If you're new to YouTube, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the two icons I have marked with arrows below. The "Enlarge Screen" icon should be used all the time, and the "Playback Speed" icon should be used if you need to slow down the tempo of video.

Video Lesson #1

Ode To Joy - R.H. Melody

The right hand melody starts with your 3rd finger on the E, which is two white keys above middle C --- C4 on the virtual keyboard. Watch Video

I've done my best to make these online lessons as affordable as possible. After you've completed the 7 Free Lessons, it's just $12/month - that's a total of $144 for the entire year. Most piano students pay that amount every single month.

I'm sharing this information with you so you can relax, take your time and enjoy the learning experience.

  • It's very easy to move very quickly through these first few lessons - but for the best results possible, you're going to want to spend a good 3 to 4 days on each lesson. At the rate of $1.50 per lesson, you should definitely be able afford to take your time.

During the time that you spend on each lesson, you should be watching and listening to each video, multiple times every day. This will allow your mind to absorb the rhythms. The more you listen, the easier it will be for you to play each song exactly as it is written in the sheet music!