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Marking Keys on a Piano

For many of us, who are learning to play the piano, it's pretty much necessary to write the letters on the piano keys. The visualization helps us associate each key to a specific note. And it's much faster than deducing that the left most key in a two black key sequence is the 'C' note on the fly. After learning to play the piano using marked keys, you'll naturally learn the note association. At such time, you can remove the marked letters.

If you are thinking stickers, then you should think again. Stickers leave sticky residues that's horrific to clean. And just think you have to clean 70 to 80 keys. Might as well throw your piano away by then and buy a new one. Plus, stickers doesn't last too long with wet sweaty hands. Even if your hands aren't sweaty, they still wear away over time.

The best way to mark piano keys is with a Sharpie permanent marker. The beauty of Sharpie is that it doesn't come off as you rub it. Hence, the "permanent" tag. So you can practically play the piano keys to death, and the marking will be clear as day. But unknown to most people, Sharpie is really not as "permanent" as perceived. All you need is a bottle of rubbing alcohol and some paper towels. One soft wipe with the rubbing alcohol and the "permanent" marking disappears.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:51:38 +0400

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