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Illustrated Guide to Middle C

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Find Middle C on a Piano
Middle C on an 88-key keyboard.

Middle C is the fourth C from the left.

Image © Brandy Kraemer
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How to Find Middle C on Different Keyboard Sizes


It’s normal to be confused about middle C’s location, especially on keyboards with fewer than 88 keys. Musical keyboards come in four standard sizes. The following illustrations point out middle C (a.k.a. “C4”) on each size.


Find Middle C on a Standard Piano (88 Keys)

A keyboard with 88 keys has a total of eight C’s; middle C is the fourth C from the left.

  • The very first note on an 88-key is an A  (A0).
  • The last key is a C  (C8).
View Keyboard Labeled With “Pitch Notation” (A0, C8, etc.)

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