Basics of Learning to Play the Piano With Numbered Notes

Keys names in Numbered Notes

In Numbered Notes, every key on the keyboard (or any other instrument with keys) is associated with one of the numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. To visualize this, look at the picture below:

Description of the entire keyboard:

The above pattern (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) is repeated several times on your instrument’s keyboard. So that the letters do not get confused, we add β€œ+” or β€œ-” to them depending on their position on the keyboard.

In the very centre of the keyboard, the numbers have no additional characters.
On the right side of the keyboard, the numbers have an additional β€œ+”.
On the left side of the keyboard, the numbers have an additional β€œ-”.

As in the drawing:

Learning to Play in Two Steps

STEP 1 - Practice the key numbers and play with your right hand.

Larger numbers represent the notes for the right hand. On the other hand, the smaller numbers in the squares indicate the notes for the left hand.

If you are just starting to learn to play the keyboard, a good way to remember all the names of the keys (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) is to only learn to play with your right hand.

Press the keys one by one so that the music starts. Forget about the squares you see in the notes and play just with your right hand. Thanks to this, you will practice the names of the keys well and get used to the keyboard.

You will switch to two-handed play once you have mastered the names of all the keys. Before learning to play always listen to mp3 attached to the book.

STEP 2 - Combine right and left-hand play.

Do you already know the names of the keys and can play with your right hand? Add your left hand.

Now if you see a square with a letter in the middle above the note for your right hand – press this key with your left hand.
Continue playing with your right hand and keep the key pressed with your left hand for some time (no longer until you see another square with a number).

Note: In the squares for the left hand there are just sound numbers, without a minus sign. However, always play on the left side of the keyboard with your left hand as if the notes had a minus in front of them or even further to the left – try which option sounds best to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between numbered notes and traditional notation?

Numbered notes are just numbers that are assigned to specific sounds and keys on the keyboard. Sound names in traditional notation are as follows: C, D, E, F, G, A, B (in numbered notes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

In traditional notes, you may find also many other symbols and signs such as tempo, metre, bars, rhythmic values, pitch marking, flats, sharps, and so on… in numbered notes we simplified everything to the maximum so that you can play immediately, without learning music theory.

If you want to develop in a musical way, you can visit our website playinoneday.com, and find also other series with the more advanced notation: Easy Letter Notes and Easy Piano Songs. There you
can find books for other instruments as well.

What is the difference between numbered notes and traditional notation?

If you’re wondering where to play the left hand, look at the figure below:

There is only a verse and a chorus in the notes, how do you play the whole song?

In the notes, you will most often find a verse and a chorus. The songs are…