Piano keys have names, let’s learn them :
There are several notations to identify the notes of the virtual piano keyboard to be played on a score. Here are the two most common :
The solfegic notation: La, Si, Do, Ré, Mi, Fa, Sol
It’s used in countries of Latin origin such as France, Italy, etc.. It refers to the syllables of a Latin song.
International notation: A, B, C, D, E, F, G
It’s used in English-speaking countries. This notation uses the first letters of the alphabet.
What do the notations “G4”, “C1”, … at the bottom of the piano keys mean?
These notations are the international equivalent of our musical notation system “C”, “D”, “E”, …
On the virtual piano keyboard, an octave is composed of 7 white and 5 black keys.
Each number behind the letter represents the octave you are standing on. So “G4” is equivalent to the note “G” in the fourth octave.
In the image below, 2 octaves can be identified.
The first one starts at the note C4 and ends at the note B4.
The second one starts at the note C5 and ends at the note B5.
This structure makes up the keyboard of a piano. Keyboards with 88 notes are the most common, they are made up of 7 octaves.
How to get your bearings on a virtual piano keyboard ?
Each piano is built in a logical way. Look at the black piano keys (also called ‘Sharp’ or #).
They are structured as follows: 2 black keys in a row, then 3 black keys in a row, then 2 black keys, then 3 black keys, etc…
Find your way around with the black notes of your piano : if a white key is pressed, you have to look at it’s location in relation to the black notes.
If it’s placed between the first two black keys of a series of 3 blacks, it’s simply the G note.
Now that you know the notes of the virtual piano online, it’s time for the chords !
A chord consists of at least three notes. The pianist must press these notes at the same time or successively (to make an arpeggio).
Here are 4 simple chords that will allow you to learn your first pieces :
The C major chord consists of the notes C, E and G on the virtual piano keyboard.
The G major chord consists of the notes G, B and D.
The A minor chord consists of the notes A, C and E.
The F major chord consists of the notes F, A and C.
How does this virtual piano keyboard work?
Click on the keys of the online piano to play sound. The tones emitted are those of a piano.
How to change the octave?
To change octaves and play higher or lower notes, you must click on “Octaves” located in the upper left corner of the piano.
You will then have to go down or up an octave to play different tones.
Where can I find a virtual keyboard online application dedicated to piano learning?
This virtual piano keyboard only allows you to learn music theory through interaction with your computer mouse.
To go further, you can of course take piano lessons at the conservatory or with a private teacher, but you can also access online lessons.
To do so, you need a minima a numeric piano or synthesizer that you can plug into your computer.
On La Touche Musicale, you can connect your piano or synthesizer via USB to interact with the virtual keyboard and learn the songs you love.
The La Touche Musicale online app: connect your piano and learn piano in a simple way