Piano Key Notes
ABC & CDE

Piano key notes right around Middle C seem easy to seasoned note-readers, but young beginners need lots of practice.

We piano lesson teachers are frequently in a hurry to move things along when we have glimpsed a flash of understanding from our students.  Better music ahead!  Bach!   Mozart!  Someday, Chopin!

piano key notes for beginners

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But reality intrudes when we see our little musical scholars mistakenly playing Middle C with left hand an octave low... or misreading B below Middle C, despite drawing it multiple times on the whiteboard together.  

The fact is, musical notation is a new language, and kids need repetition, repetition, repetition!

So here are a couple of those in-between along-the-way little songs.  Download these easy pieces in two separate free piano sheets for beginners!

You may think that a song with words telling you what the names of the notes are will defeat the purpose of note-reading.  

You would be wrong.  The lyrics of the song will help, but not entirely replace the work of figuring out what these notes are!

Now a song for right hand...  What follows is surely not Bach, nor are the lyrics reminiscent of the great poets, but it will serve!

Right hand piano notes C, D, E for beginners

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Try placing these pieces in your students' notebooks just as they will be played on the piano - left hand song on the left, facing the right hand song on the right.  

Piano teachers, when you first look at the songs together and say, "Which hand plays this song, TOP or BOTTOM? ( RIGHT or LEFT)", you may be surprised that the empty staff is not the huge give-away clue you thought it was!  

Therefore, every little thing we can do to help our beginning students is worth it!



Here are the links to the two little songs:


Download piano key notes for beginners A, B, & C in the left hand


Download free piano sheetmusic for beginners C, D, & E in the right hand


More songs especially for new beginners:


ABC & CDE - Two little 3-note songs focused on the Middle C area, one for left hand and one for right


Black Keys songs - a whole page of songs set to lyrics and poems, all on black keys!


C&B  & C&D - Left hand, then right hand, play little songs with lyrics that make them fool-proof.


Dueling C's - a short song with 3 notes: B, Middle C, & D.  The thumbs of each hand are "fighting" for the Middle C - but the music makes it plain which hand really owns it.


Fuzzy Wuzzy - this song is about a bear that WASN'T fuzzy.  Quarter rests form part of the action! One-handed & two-handed arrangements.


Indian Dance - Though it sounds powerful (and even difficult with an added repetitive chord in left hand), it is very intuitive and repetitious, easily conquered in several lessons.


Jingle Bells - Is there a child who doesn't know this happy tune?  Its repeated notes make up for the "tricky" skips in the melody - plus there are lettered notes in some of the arrangements!


Lavender's Blue - this pretty song forms part of the drama of Cinderella's rescue by the prince in the newest Cinderella movie with Lily James...  little girls love to play this song!


Mary Had a Little Lamb on the white keys - even adults benefit from having this tune "in hand" - later they will learn much about using chords from simple little songs like this.


Music Alphabet Song - from A,B, & C in the left hand, through C, D, E, F, & G in the right hand, this song travels scale-wise through all the notes, to help a logical thinker conquer this concept.


Ode to Joy - like Mary Had a Little Lamb and Jingle Bells, this melody is well-known, and starts with finger 3 on E.


Peck! Peck! Peck! - a "shared-hands" melody, this cute song about chickens pecking on the ground to find their breakfast only moves by steps.


Pizza Please - Using just 3 notes, this song for left hand or right hand is actually Hot Cross Buns in disguise.


Sharks - Wait until kids have started working on the bass clef before you give them this dramatic 3-note song.


Snakes - the next step after students have conquered Wormies, this more intricate set of exercises is longer, with smaller note heads, but still moving just one step at a time in either direction


Snakes Go for a Walk (also called "Crickets Go Hopping") - More exercises like Wormies and Snakes, but with "skips" hiding amongst the steps in each line.  Line 1 has one hidden skip; line 2 has 2 hidden skips - you get the idea!


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - this song is so familiar that children will conquer it easily, especially because it moves by repeated steps.  Excellent for memorizing and transposing.


When the Saints Go Marching In - just 5 notes, with no stretches or replacements, make up this familiar song!


Wormies - This little set of exercises asks beginners to choose ANY white key, and then decide whether to move up, down, or stay there, by looking at the next note.  EASY.








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