When looking at the piano keys and you should notice a bit of a pattern forming with the black notes. You have a group of two followed by a group of three then another group of two and so on. Altogether there are actually only 12 notes on the piano and it’s just the same notes repeated over and over. The further left you go the lower the notes and the further right you go the higher the notes, so when I refer to up or down, left is down and right is up. So we’re going to start naming these notes and an easy way to do this is by finding a few notes in this pattern. We’re going to start with C. Now all you have to do is find a group of two black notes, place your finger on the lower of the two and slide down to the white note just below it, and you have a C. Now if you do the same with another group of two black notes, slide down to the white note just below it and you have another C. If you now play both of these notes you’ll hear that it’s the same sounding note but the one further to the right is higher in pitch and the one further to the left is lower in pitch. So if you now try finding all the C’s on your piano, play them and notice the difference in sound.
Once you’re comfortable with the C we’re now going to look at another note, and this note is F. We’re going to do exactly the same as we did with the C but this time take the group of three black notes, place our finger on the lower of the three and slide down to the white note just below it. Now do the same by finding all F’s on the piano and familiarising yourself with there position and sound.
Now that we know where two of the notes are it’s really easy to find the rest. The notes in music are a bit like the alphabet instead there are only 7 letters instead of 26. So we start at A, count up to G and then start again at A. So the full run goes A, B, C, D, E, F, G and then back to A, B, C… and so on. So if we want to find a D we simply use our technique of finding a C and count up to the next white note, and we land on D. If we want to find say an A we can either count down from C, B, and we have the A, or use our technique of finding an F and count up G, to the A. Try placing your finger on any note on the piano and naming the note. You can use the keyboard below for reference.