Find Middle C

Quickly Find Middle C Video

A common question when first learning to play piano is where and how do I find “Middle C”. In the video tutorial below you will learn how to find middle C on any keyboard. Also we have written instructions below at the bottom of the page with images. After watching the video if you don’t have access to a piano keyboard try our FREE piano web application. Also you will want new music to play, so check out our FREE sheet music here!

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Quickly Find Middle C Instructions

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How to find Middle C on your piano keyboard

Tool One Piano Keyboard

Supply No Supplies Needed

  1. Different Keyboard Sizes

    In this image the Middle C is the red key on the differing sizes of keyboards available.

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  2. How to Count Octaves

    On the image below notice pairs of 2 & 3 black keys for a total of 5 black keys.
    An octave is a total of the 12 keys (7 white & those 5 black keys).
    C notes are always the white key directly to the left of the two black keys.
    The First white key in an octave is the “C” note of that octave.
    Count the black key pairs and this will correspond to your keyboard size.
    Some keyboards will have a couple extra keys on either end
    that are partial octaves and do not count towards the complete
    octaves of that keyboard.

    Numbered Notes 1 Octave on a Piano

  3. Determine Keyboard Size

    25 key = 2 octaves (1 additional key on the right)
    37 key = 3 octaves (1 additional key on the right)
    49 key = 4 octaves (1 additional key on the right)
    61 key = 5 octaves (1 additional key on the right)
    76 key = 5 octaves (8 additional key to the left & 3 on the right)
    88 key = 7 octaves (3 additional key to the left & 1 on the right)

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  4. Find Middle C

    25 key = Count from left 1 octave, next white key is Middle C
    37 key = Count from left 1 octave, next white key is Middle C
    49 key = Count from left 2 octave, next white key is Middle C
    61 key = Count from left 2 octave, next white key is Middle C
    76 key = Count from left 2 octave, next white key is Middle C
    88 key = Count from left 3 octave, next white key is Middle C

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