Saturday, 26 March 2011

Letter Name for the Black Keys on the Piano/Keyboard

In this lesson you will learn the letter names of the black keys on the keyboard. Now remember that the keyboard is made of black and white keys and that we have already done lessons on how to find the letter names of the white keys.
The black keys on the keyboard are called sharp or flat keys. The black keys on the keyboard are enharmonic because each black has two names. This we will discuss as we progress. Both sharp and flat are represented by symbols in music.

Sharp  




Flat   
   



The black keys on the keyboard or piano take the name of the white keys that are next to it but are followed by the signs of sharp and flat. The name of the black key is determined by the direction in which the player moves on the keyboard.
The illustration below should explain further.


The term enharmonic is used to describe the black keys on the keyboard because a black has two names. Below is another illustration to re-enforce this concept. 

The diagram below covers the letter names for all the black keys on the keyboard. These names apply to every keyboard instruments including the piano and organ.

Like the natural keys, the letter names of the black keys are repeated. You now know the letter names of all the keys on the keyboard, it is very important that you study them.

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