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Apr 29, 2010
Names of keys
by: Dick Rector

Hi Joyce,

A normal keyboard has 5 octaves, the lowest and the highest white key are a C and they are named from C1-C2-C3-C4 and C5.
Middle C is obvious C3 the white key before two black ones in the middle of the keyboard.
An octave, they are the keys in order from C to the next C goes from C-D-E-F-G-A-B and than C again.
The black keys are a half tone up (MAJOR) and you will see that on sheet-music-paper as # before a note or at the beginning of a song.
They are called in order, CIS-DIS-FIS-GIS-AIS.
Tricky bit now, they are also used as MINOR keys that is a half tone DOWN, on sheet-music-paper shown as a funny b (I don't have the correct character here)
In the MINOR case they are called DES-ES-GES-AS-BES but if you are new to music and keyboards don't let this confuse you.

Hope this shines some light and do come back if you have more questions.
Have much fun with your keyboard.


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