Music Theory - 03 - Naming the Black Keys in a Piano


In the previous video we saw the names given to the white keys in a piano. Now, how do we name the Black Keys.




In a piano, if we move from left to right, you can notice that the sound gets sharper. Or the pitch of the sound goes higher. And if we go from right to left, the sound becomes more and more flat or the pitch gets lower.

Music Theory names the black piano keys by virtue of its location. A black piano key residing above C, is called C#. The sharp is denoted using the hash symbol. The next one, D# and so on.

Okay. Now, I agree that C# is sharper than C, but, it is also lower than or flatter than D. Can I call it D-Flat? Sure, why not. Call it as D-Flat. The next one, E-Flat. And so on.


But how can you know that when I am going to call this as C# or when I am going to call this as D-Flat? For that, let us take a look as Scales in the next video.