The Musical Alphabet

As a child when learning to read and write one of the first things you learn is all the letters of the alphabet. It’s the same in music as we use the same alphabet to describe notes.

In this post we’re going to be learning what the musical alphabet is and how we use it to describe the different pitches of notes.

What is the musical alphabet?

In western music, we name the different pitches of notes by the first seven letters of the alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F and G.  A keyboard has groups of two black notes followed by a group of three black notes. 

We can find where the note A is on a keyboard as it’s always between the second and third black notes in the group of three as shown below:

From here we can then work out what all the white notes are. 

We go through the alphabet until we reach the note G, then we start over again back at A.

1 thought on “The Musical Alphabet”

  1. Once again visually clarity connects position to patterns. Exactly a representative of the way I learn languaguages especially rapidly. And a further step or innovation is to play each note as it is being read. Interesting to see this for real.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to Hello Music Theory! I’m Dan and I run this website. Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions get in touch!

40+ Music Theory Resources

Download my free eBook with all my favourite music theory resources.