Piano Playing 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 when playing chords and scales; and if you don't learn about efficient piano fingering now, you might be left wondering for years to come.
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.
Where is middle C on my smaller keyboard?
Wondering how to find middle C on your smaller keyboard? This illustrated guide will 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.
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 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.
What's the difference between a keyboard and a digital piano?
Learn the key differences between portable keyboards and digital pianos.
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 there no G# major key?
G-sharp major chords exist, so why is there no G-sharp major key signature? Learn why it was left out of the mix.
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 decide which method is best for you.