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PIANO KEYBOARD Music NOTE STICKERS Lesson Key Decal Learn Teach Play - 52 Labels

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KEYNOTES Stickers for Piano and Keyboard

Keynotes stick to the upper part of the key - you see the notes as you play, not your fingers!
52 labels - enough for any size keyboard up to 88-keys.* Standard version with white keys labelled CDEFGAB.
Includes links to free online lessons and learning aids.
Full colour instructions, application diagram and tool included - free email help if needed. DOES NOT INCLUDE A KEYBOARD!
Transparent thin polyester, for a smart, durable finish on any keyboard. Can be removed easily and will not damage the keys.
*Only the white keys carry labels.

Keynotes are high-quality labels that you stick to the upper part of the white keys, so your hands don't cover them when you are playing. They were developed by musicians and teachers to be simple and effective. Keynotes show only the notation needed to help you match the notes on the page to the keys under your fingers, as you play, without the unnecessary and confusing symbols that other products are cluttered with. The FAQ section below should answer your questions - if it doesn't, send us a message!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. There are many different keyboard labels and stickers on the market - what's so different about these?

A. The big difference with Keynotes is that you can see them when you are playing. Many piano tutor books come with stickers of some kind, but they are all designed to stick on the wide lower part of the white keys. As soon as you put your hands in the correct position to play, you can't see them anymore! Keynotes are applied to the top part of the white key so you can see what you're playing, while you're playing. Learning to play piano is NOT like learning to type - on a computer keyboard you have two "home keys" with raised marks that you can find by touch alone - on a music keyboard you don't. With practice you will develop a "feel" for the pattern of the keys and will know where your hands are without looking, but in the early stages of learning you will need a visual reference and reassurance that your fingers are where they need to be - Keynotes provide this. Keynotes also correctly use UPPER-CASE letters for the note names, NOT lower-case.... a lower-case "b" looks very similar to the musical "flat" symbol, which can be confusing. Also confusing are some of the imitation products that have appeared since the success of Keynotes - on many the musical notation is wrong (notes and other markings in the wrong place and of the wrong size) and they don't come with the useful weblinks and email backup that are part of the package with Keynotes.

Q. Will they fit my keyboard?

A. Keynotes are 9mm wide (slightly less than 3/8"). To check if they will fit your keyboard, identify the "F" and "B" keys (the two white keys either side of a group of THREE black keys) and measure the thin part at the top of either one - if the width is 9mm or more then Keynotes will work with your keyboard. On most full size keyboards this distance is about 11mm. Only the smallest of mini-keyboards will be too small.

Q. How long will they last?

A. Keynotes are printed on a special hard-wearing translucent polyester material with a non-glare matt finish- it looks almost as if the keys themselves are printed, giving a neat appearance. This makes them ideal for teachers - they look professional and are long-lasting.

Q. Do I actually need to label every key?

A. Not necessarily. If you are learning in a "traditional" way then we recommend you start by just fitting the 22-label "grand-staff" set. The 22 basic Keynotes on the first sheet cover the 3 octave range of the "grand staff", the system of lines and spaces used to write keyboard music. This is made up of the treble staff for the right hand, and the bass staff for the left hand. In written music, higher and lower notes are shown above and below the staffs on small lines called ledger lines. The extended set of labels on the second sheet shows the notation for these notes. When you begin to learn, though, you will be concentrating on the area in the centre of the keyboard around middle C, between the staffs. By the time you have progressed enough to be playing music with notes on ledger lines, you will be very familiar with the names and positions of the notes and should not be relying on the labels any more, but when you first start to stray off the grand-staff with more advanced music the extended labels can help.

Q. The middle line in the bass staff is a "D" note, but the middle line of the treble staff is a "B" note - shouldn't they be the same?

A. No, they shouldn't. When you start to learn this looks wrong, but is in fact correct. Relating notes on lines and spaces to keys on the keyboard can be confusing when you're starting. Keynotes help you by showing you a note's position on the grand staff used for keyboard music, not just on the bass or treble staff, as most labels do. The application guide also shows very clearly how the notes of the grand staff relate to the keys on the keyboard.

Q. What about the black keys - don't I need labels for those too?

A. No! The black notes are named by referring to the white notes either side of them; so for example, the black note between C and D can be either "C sharp" or "D flat", dependent on the key the music is written in. This is shown on the Keynotes label by the appropriate sharp or flat symbol next to the black note - it's easier to see than describe - see main photo. The alternative, as some products do, is to have a sticker on each black key with TWO names on it - how confusing is that for a beginner...?! Don't worry if this all sounds a bit confusing - the online help that comes with Keynotes assumes no prior musical knowledge and explains all of these concepts.

Q. How long will it take to fit them?

A. About 20 minutes. Just applying Keynotes is a great first lesson - by the time you are finished you will already be getting familiar with the note names and positions, and your keyboard will be a slightly less intimidating thing ... Included in the pack is a simple tool to help you place the labels neatly. If you are helping a child to learn, get them involved in applying them - most children love stickers!

Q. Will they damage the keyboard?

A. No. Keynotes are made to peel off easily and leave no residue, just peel them off slowly. Any mark that is left around the edge of the label is easily removed with whatever you would normally use to clean the keys.

Q. What if I need help?

A. Email us! We'll normally answer within 24 hours (often much less) and will help as much as we can with using the labels.

Q. Is a keyboard included?

A. No! I have had to put this one in because someone did complain that they were expecting to receive a piano with their stickers... for £5.95 ..... to Israel... ?!!