Beginner Piano FAQ
Should I learn to play on an acoustic piano or an electric keyboard?
When it comes to owning a piano or learning how to play, there are some clear differences between acoustic and electric instruments that you’ll want to consider; learn more.
Where do my fingers go on the piano?
It's common for beginners to wonder which fingers touch which piano keys; and if you don't learn about finger placement now, you might be left wondering for years to come.
What's the difference between a keyboard and a digital piano?
Learn about the differences between portable keyboards and digital pianos.
When should I have my piano tuned?
Staying in-tune is important to your music and to your piano's health. Learn how often your piano needs to be tuned, and how to make your tunings less costly.
How much is my piano worth?
This guide will teach you how to determine the age and value of your instrument.
Where is middle C on my smaller keyboard?
Use this illustrated guide to help you find C4 on each of the four standard keyboard sizes.
If C4 is "middle C," what are the other C's called?
Every C has its own name, just like 'middle C'; learn what they're called.
How do I whiten my piano keys?
The most effective (and ivory-safe) methods for whitening piano keys involve everyday household items; learn how to brighten up your instrument yourself!
Which polish should I use on my piano?
Most pianos have a lacquer or polymer finish, and these surfaces must be polished differently to avoid damage and undesirable results. Learn proper polishing techniques, and how to tackle common issues associated with these piano finishes.
Where should I put my piano?
Learn the ideal temperatures and humidity-levels for pianos and electric keyboards, and find out how you can arrange your music room to complement the sound of your instrument.
What is the point of a double-sharp?
Double-sharps are just that: A symbol that sharpens a note twice … but what is their purpose? Learn about double-accidentals and why they're used in sheet music.
Why are there only five black piano keys per octave?
Black piano keys are the sharps and flats of the keyboard. Still, there are fewer black keys than white keys; learn why.
What does the musical symbol 8va mean?
The musical symbols 8va and 8vb are used frequently in piano music; learn what they stand for, and how they make reading music easier.
Why is 4/4 time written with a c-shaped symbol?
(Hint: It doesn't stand for "common time.") Learn the history behind the c-shaped semicircle used to represent the 4/4 time signature.
Why is there no G# major key?
G-sharp major chords exist, so why is there no G-sharp major key signature? Read more to learn why it was left out of the mix.
Where can I find a qualified piano tuner?
Consult a worldwide list of piano tuners and technicians.
What if my piano tuner isn't certified?
There are many well-qualified yet uncertified piano tuners. But, the piano industry's unregulated nature can allow unqualified individuals to slip through the cracks; learn how to avoid being scammed.
What's the difference between a grand piano and a baby grand piano?
Compare the voice, cost, quality, and size of different grand pianos.
Should I practice with a metronome?
Some piano teachers oppose the use of metronomes, while others encourage it. Hear both sides of the argument, and find out what's best for you.
What is an RPT?
A Registered Piano Technician (or RPT) is a piano technician and/or tuner who's been certified by the Piano Technicians Guild. Learn how they qualify, and how you can join.
How do I find the right instrument?
Learn what to consider when searching for a keyboard instrument. Compare acoustic vs. electric; new vs. used; grand vs. upright, and more.