Keys on the Piano - How to Play Piano Lesson 4
How to take a note on the staff and find it on the piano keyboard.
The most important thing to remember when finding notes on the piano keyboard is that the treble clef is mostly to the right of middle C and bass clef is mostly to the left of middle C. Notice how I used the word "mostly". That's because notes that are really low off the staff for treble clef can be to the left of middle C if they are below the first ledger line on the staff. The same applies to the bass clef, although it is reversed as anything higher than the first ledger line on top is to the right of middle C. It would be wise to try and memorize a few other locations on the staff to help you gauge where notes are when first learning to read music. On treble clef the bottom line E is the first E to the right of middle C. The next line G is the G directly to the right of that E. The third line up B is two notes to the right of G. The pattern of moving two white keys continues for the rest of the staff.
Now on to the spaces. The spaces of the treble clef are the notes in between the lines we just identified. So F is the first space up on the treble clef and it is located just after the E from the first line. The next space A is directly to the right of the second line G. The third space C is directly after the third line B etc..
A ledger line is a line added to the staff to read notes that are above or below the music staff. The most important ledger line notes to remember are the ones for middle C. Middle C for the treble clef is the first ledger line below the staff and for bass clef it is the first ledger line above the staff. The first ledger line above treble clef is A, which is two As above middle C. The first ledger line below the bass clef is two E's below middle C. Two ledger lines up for treble is two Cs above middle, two ledger lines down is A right below middle C. Two ledger lines up on bass clef is actually the same note as the bottom line E on the treble clef. Two ledger lines on Bass clef is two C's below middle C.
Continue to Practice your music alphabet. Remember that the music alphabet starts at A, ends at G then repeats.
Like with the previous lessons, you want to continue practicing your finger numbers as well. Remember to count from thumb to pinky with thumb being number 1 and pinky being number 5.