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#1639824 - 03/12/11 07:53 PM Help! Question!!!!!!
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Registered: 03/02/11
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I have a kind of simple question. beside sharps and flats, what is the proper name for the black keys on the piano? I have taken piano for five years and just now this question struck me. I would LOVE to have a answer A.S.A.P......


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#1639927 - 03/12/11 11:38 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
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They're just black keys, there's no official name.

(Unless "accidentals" counts, which is the term used to describe sharps and flats.)
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#1640021 - 03/13/11 07:59 AM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
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Originally Posted By: piano-ninja
I have a kind of simple question. beside sharps and flats, what is the proper name for the black keys on the piano? I have taken piano for five years and just now this question struck me. I would LOVE to have a answer A.S.A.P......


Just "Black keys". Political correctness seems to have passed by that one :-)

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#1640041 - 03/13/11 08:27 AM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
Dara Offline
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the black keys
the white keys

not much to do with any kind of correctness
(.

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#1640098 - 03/13/11 11:35 AM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
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Coloured keys!??!?! Oh come on!... laugh
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#1640241 - 03/13/11 04:35 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
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Las blancas y las negras. I like them both. :-)

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#1657070 - 04/08/11 11:07 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
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Just the black keys and the white keys, no better name.

"Sharps and Flats" or "accidentals" is not really a proper name for the black keys. It's true that black keys are only notated as accidentals (there is no natural pitch name for the black keys) but E sharp, for example, is the white key F.

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#1657119 - 04/09/11 01:59 AM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
Studio Joe Offline
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Sharps and flats that are in the key signature are not called accidentals.
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#1664400 - 04/21/11 07:16 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
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Loc: Indiana
Just black keys, there is no official name. smile
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#1664443 - 04/21/11 08:46 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
PianoMath Offline
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C#4 is called Adam
D#4 is called Carol
F#4 is called Ludwig Van Beethoven


and so on...

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#2107319 - 06/24/13 04:46 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
piano-ninja Offline
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Registered: 03/02/11
Posts: 4
Loc: North Carolina
Thanks!

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#2107425 - 06/24/13 07:41 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
rada Offline
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Registered: 09/07/06
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Loc: pagosa springs,co
ebony and ivory....on some pianos.

rada

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#2107449 - 06/24/13 08:57 PM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
currawong Offline
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Originally Posted By: piano-ninja
Thanks!
Wow - it took you over two years to read the answers! laugh
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#2108215 - 06/26/13 03:16 AM Re: Help! Question!!!!!! [Re: piano-ninja]
Ganddalf Offline
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Loc: Norway
I think that I have read in a German book about "Untertäste" and "Obertäste" - "lower" (white) and "upper" (black) keys. This may make sense when comes to the technical aspects of playing the instrument, but has no significance when comes to composing.

Moreover I have been playing on organs where the keys have been colored quite differently (the lower keys having darker colour than the upper ones).

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