The above piano keyboard show the musical note names of the white keys within one octave: C – D – E – F – G – A – B. In music theory, these letters are called the natural notes on a piano keyboard.
Sharps and Flats
Accidentals are symbols used to raise or lower notes by half steps. A half step is the distance between two adjacent keys on a piano keyboard.
A Sharp ( ♯ ) is an accidental that raises a note by a half step.
A Flat ( ♭ ) is an accidental that lowers a note by a half step.
A Natural (♮) is an accidental which cancels out any previous accidentals.
For more details, check out Sharps and Flats – Steps and Accidentals and learn the musical note names of the black keys.
The Middle C Note
There are twelve notes in each octave: 7 white keys and 5 black keys. Next octave starts at C again and repeats the note names: D – E – F – G – A – B.
A 88-key piano keyboard has slightly more than 7 octaves, with 3 notes in the 0 octave, and 1 note in the 8th octave.
Let’s locate the middle C note on a 88-key piano keyboard.
The Middle C Note on a Piano Keyboard
The middle C is the 4th C note on a 88 key piano keyboard.
The middle C is a musical note not exactly in the middle, but the closest C to the middle of the piano keyboard. Because the middle C is located in the 4th octave, it is sometimes referred to as C4.
Now that you know where the middle C is on a piano keyboard, let’s get familiar with the staff & clefs and learn to how to read and write music.