In a piano, the keys are called the black keys. The letter “F” is the first and the “J” is the second. The letter “A” is the third, the letter “C” is the fourth, the letter “D” is the fifth. There are four black keys.
In addition, one note on one black key is called the first strike, and is called a “solo note”. It has its own weight, note range, and sound. When played, it is called a “minor key”. When played more than once, it is called an en chante note. The fourth black key is called the grande key.
The black keys are sometimes called “notes” in French. However, no French language defines the term “notes” (pitch) and “minor keys” (notes). In English, the word “pitch” is used to describe the relative speed of the pitch change. In French use the word “minor key”, meaning the first two black keys.
In this lesson, we discuss a common piano sound that makes up most of the black keys (note names), the “F-major scale”. This can be easily understood with a scale diagram.
The F-Major Scale in the Key of C Major
1) The first black key is called the “first strike” black key.
2) The second black key is called the “second strike” black key.
3) The third black key is called the “major scale” black key.
4) The fourth black key is called the “en chante” black key.
The F-Major Scale in the Key of D Major
1) The first black key is called the “black note” black key (the first strike).
2) The second black key is called the white key (second strike).
3) The third black key is called the minor scale black key.
4) The fourth black key is called the major scale black key.
5) This is the root of the F-major scale in D major.
How Are the F-Major Slides in the Key of C Major?
First, let’s see how these slides are written:
F-Major Scale in the Key of C major
1) The F-Major scale is the “basic scale” used by all of the other piano scales. It