Understanding Musical Range

Definition of Range


"Range" is the total amount of notes an instrument is capable of producing. For example, most modern pianos have a range of 88 notes (from A0 to C8; see scientific pitch notation). Range should not be confused with register, which is the overall pitch character of an instrument’s voice (i.e., a bass guitar has a lower register than a guitar).

The standard ranges of electric keyboards are:


Many harpsichords have a range of 5 octaves, from F1 to F6; organs range from C2 to C7.

Not to be confused with register.


Beginner Piano Lessons
 ▪  The Piano Keyboard Layout
 ▪  The Black Piano Keys
 ▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪  Find Middle C on Electric Keyboards
 ▪  Left Hand Piano Fingering

Reading Piano Music
 ▪  Sheet Music Symbol Library
 ▪  How to Read Piano Notation
 ▪  Memorize the Staff Notes
 ▪  Illustrated Piano Chords
 ▪  Musical Quizzes & Tests

Piano Care & Maintenance
 ▪  Best Piano Room Conditions
 ▪  How to Clean Your Piano
 ▪  Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
 ▪  When To Tune Your Piano

Forming Piano Chords
 ▪  Chord Types & Their Symbols
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance

Getting Started on Keyboard Instruments
 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Sit at the Piano
 ▪  Buying a Used Piano