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Old 2013-04-01, 16:28
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You're actually better off in the long run flying semi-blind if you ask me. That way you'll internalize the note placements rather than relying on the crutch that labels would provide. Easiest way when starting out is to remember that the white key preceding the pair of black keys is C, and the one preceding the trio of black keys is F.
The white keys are all natural notes rather than sharps/flats, so they are CDEFGAB in a repeating pattern. If you play only those keys, you're playing in the key of C major.

On the piano roll there's a C written every octave, if you count up from there like shown in the pic above it'll stick. You'll remember that the key in between the two black keys is D, just below C is B because there is no B#, (no E# either) etc.

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