Find Middle C

Quickly Find Middle C Video

One of the first question when learning to play piano by number or letter is
“How to Find Middle C”.

First lets watch the video tutorial below. In this video you will learn to locate it in minutes. Second if you prefer written instructions you will find them below with matching descriptive images.

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Instructions with Images

Time Needed : 5 minutes

How to Find Middle C on any size piano keyboard.

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

    Finding Middle C Sticker Diagram Lettered

  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)

    Finding Middle One Sticker Diagram Numbered

  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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Tools
  • A piano keyboard of any size
Materials
  • One set of Numbered Notes or Lettered Piano Keyboard Stickers would help but are not necessary.