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Piano

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Updated 2009-10-25 07:04

Summary

Learn to play piano and read music by memorizing notes on the keyboard and the musical staff. Click all of the "start memorizing" buttons sequentially, to start simple and gradually build on your knowlege. Use multiple choice mode if you are a beginner.

Hints

First, memorize one octave on the piano keyboard. An "octave" consists of 12 keys - 7 white and 5 black. This tutorial will ignore the black keys (sharps and flats) for simplicity. Notes that are an octave apart (12 keys apart) sound similar to each other.

 

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Key(s)Note
1C
2D
3 (two notes)E F
4 (two notes)G A
5B
memorize

All Notes

Now learn the notes individually.

 

KeyNote
C
D
E
F
G
A
B
memorize

Music Notation Hints

Now, begin to memorize notes on the staffs. The two "staffs" that are most frequently used are the treble staff and bass staff. Here are some hints to make it easier.

 

StaffDescription
Treble Clef
Bass Clef
B (treble)
D (bass)
A C E (treble)
A C E (bass)
memorize

More hints

StaffNotes
E F E F (treble)
G A G A (bass)
E B F (treble)
G D A (bass)
F A C E (treble)
A C E G (bass)
E G B D F (treble - "Every Good Boy Does Fine"")
memorize

Treble Staff

Now learn which note goes with each mark. After you spend a few minutes and get them down, try getting some sheet music and playing a simple song or two!

 

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StaffNote
F (6)
E (6)
D (6)
C (6)
B (5)
A (5)
G (5)
F (5)
E (5)
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Bass Staff

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StaffNote
G (3)
A (3)
B (3)
C (4)
D (4)
E (4)
F (4)
G (4)
A (4)
memorize