Piano Notes Chart - Piano Keyboard and Staff

Below you will find a Piano Notes Chart showing the notes on the keyboard and how they relate to the piano staff, plus a link to a free printable notes and keys chart pdf file for you to download.

The Piano Staff

When you look at the chart below, you will notice that the piano staff is actually two staves joined together. The top staff, called the treble clef, shows the notes to be played by the right hand. Below that is the bass clef, which shows the notes to be played by the left hand. The two staves joined together are called the "grandstaff."

The Piano Keys

Looking again at the chart below, notice the pattern of white keys and black keys. The black keys are in groups of two and three keys, and that pattern repeats. This pattern helps you find your way around the white keys (otherwise the white keys all look the same!). For example, you can find any "C" on the keyboard by finding a group of two black keys. The white key directly on the left of the two black keys is "C."

Black keys can be both sharps or flats. For example, the black key to the right of "C" can be called "C sharp" or "D flat." (It is also directly to the left of "D.")

How to Find Middle C

To find "middle C," look for the group of two black keys closest to the middle of the keyboard. "C" is the note directly on the left of those two black keys. "Middle C" is also the "C" closest to the brand name of the piano on the fall board.

This note is called "middle C" for another reason. "Middle C" is also the note midway between the bass clef (left hand) and the treble clef (right hand).

Chart showing the piano staff and keys

Piano Notes Chart - Free pdf Download

Dig A Little Deeper.... More About The Notes and Staff

To learn more about the notes on the staff, check out:

The Musical Alphabet

The C Major Scale

The Piano Guide Book Series: An In-Depth Study of Piano

The Piano Guide Book Series is a piano method written especially for adults. The lessons teach you with a focus on chords and how to use them. You'll learn all of the major, minor and seventh chords and how they relate to the scales.
Learn about The Piano Guide Book Series

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