Lesson 2
A Piano Notes Chart with a silly theme:
you will know the notes without "counting up".

This silly piano notes chart helps you learn the white piano key layout without “counting up” from A or C. (For a plain old, boring comprehensive notes chart, go to "Piano Notes" .)

The two black note houses on this piano key chart help you visualize each note independently of the others.

Follow the order as each note is presented in the piano notes chart. Focus on every single note by itself, without skipping ahead. Do each individual exercise for each note as it is presented, rather than skipping ahead.

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Piano notes chart:
the notes around the set of two blacks




Here’s the story: The set of two black notes is a dog house. The “Dog” D lives inside.

Exercise: Learning all of the “Dog” Ds

1. Play & say every D on the piano, ascending from the bottom to the top, lh to rh. Use #2 finger on each hand.

2. Play & say every D on the piano, descending from the top to the bottom, rh to lh. Use # 2 finger on each hand

3. Play & say random Ds all over the piano, using lh and rh.

4. Do all the above exercises again, with every different finger.


The story continues: The “Cat” C, cannot go in the doghouse, so he sleeps next to it, on the left.

Exercise: Learning all of the “Cat” Cs

1. Play & say every C on the piano, ascending from the bottom to the top, lh to rh. Use #2 finger on each hand.

2. Play & say every C on the piano, descending from the top to the bottom, rh to lh. Use # 2 finger on each hand

3. Play & say random Cs all over the piano, switch from lh to rh.

4. Do all the above exercises with every different finger.


More of the Story: The family’s third pet, “Elephant” E cannot fit in the doghouse, so he sleeps on the other side, (on the right).

Exercise: Learning all of the “Elephant” Es

1. Play & say every E on the piano, ascending from the bottom to the top, lh to rh. Use #2 finger on each hand.

2. Play & say every E on the piano, descending from the top to the bottom, rh to lh. Use # 2 finger on each hand

3. Play & say random Es all over the piano, switch from lh to rh.

4. Do all the above exercises with every different finger.

piano notes chart

Exercise: Learning DC & E

-Using fingers 1, 2, & 3, play and say each of the following note groups, repeating it all the way up and down the keyboard (using lh on lower half, rh on the upper half):

DCE EDC CED DEC ECD CDE

CCEED EEDDC DDCCE EECCD CCDDE

CDDE ECCD DEEC CEED EDDC DCCE

EDEDC ECECD CECED CDCDE DCDCE DEDEC

-Play and say the above note groups, up and down the keyboard, using different finger combinations: 2, 3, &4; 3, 4, & 5.



Piano notes chart:
the notes around the set of three blacks

Now, about the people house: The three black notes make up the people house. It’s a strange house, but it does have a “Front door” F, and a “Back door” B.

Exercise: Learning F & B

1. Play & say every F & B on the piano, ascending from the bottom to the top, lh to rh. Use fingers 1 & 4 on each hand.

2. Play & say every B & F on the piano, descending from the top to the bottom, rh to lh. Use fingers 2 & 5 on each hand

3. Play & say random Bs & Fs, Fs & Bs all over the piano, switch from lh to rh.


Finally, the full story for the piano notes chart: The only rooms in this strange house, built on three black notes, are a “Garage” G, and an “Attic” A.

Exercise: Learning G & A

1. Play & say every G & A on the piano, ascending from the bottom to the top, lh to rh. Use fingers 1 & 2 on each hand.

2. Play & say every A & G on the piano, descending from the top to the bottom, rh to lh. Use fingers 2 & 3 on each hand

3. Play & say random Gs & As, As & Gs all over the piano, switch from lh to rh.

4. Repeat using fingers 3 & 4, and fingers 4 & 5.



piano notes chart

Exercise: Learning FBGA

-Using fingers 1, 2, 3, & 4, play and say each of the following note groups, repeating it all the way up and down the keyboard (using lh on lower half, rh on the upper half):

FBGA BGAF GAFB AFBG BFGA FGAB GABF BFGA

GFAB FABG ABGF BGFA BAFG AFGB FGBA GBAF

-Play and say the above note groups, up and down the keyboard, using fingers 2, 3, 4, & 5.

piano notes chart

Exercise: Learning all seven notes

Just using finger #2, play and say these note groups:

CAF DBG EAG CFB DFA EBF CGF DAB EGF

FDE GCD AED BDC FCE GEC ACE BED FCD

GDE ADC BEC FBDE GACD BFDC AGED FACE

GBEC BAED ABCD GADE FDAC




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