- New Keyboard
- Old Keyboard
Every octave on the piano is formed of twelve keys. The space between each of these keys is half a note. Every scale is formed out of seven of the twelve keys from the octave.
The current keyboard layout has seven white keys that would only match with two scales: A minor and C major. Between these seven white keys there are five black keys. These five black keys – by being placed between the white ones – cause there to be a half a note between each key. This allows us to play any scale, but will cause us to form a separate pattern of keys for each scale.
The idea of the my keyboard layout is as follows:
A keyboard which in each octave there are six white keys and between them six black keys, without any match to any scale pattern. Just that the space between every white key will always be a full note and always a half a note between every black key and a white key.
The benefits of this keyboard layout compared to the current keyboard layout are many:
It creates a set key pattern for every scale: For the minor scales the pattern will be: two white keys then three black keys and then again two white keys. For example: C minor and D minor scales will have the same key pattern. Only transposing by a half a note will require a change of key pattern between the white keys and the black keys. For the major scales, the pattern will be: three white keys and then four black keys. The main benefit is that on the my keyboard, all that’s necessary to know for minor scales and major scales are four scales (key patterns) instead of twenty four different patterns, like the current piano layout.
The chords will be identical in all the scales, which makes playing much easier. There will be no different fingering between preforming a C minor or D minor besides the actual place on the keyboard.
It will be easier to measure the space and difference between each note, due to the fact that the higher tones and the lower tones are equal to their physical distance. This would also simplify playing by ear.
Because the keys are all laid out equally, it may be complicated to know which key is A or C and so on. The solution for this problem would be either to have the C key colored in gray, or any other visual sign.
The present way of writing notes (sheet music) will not fit to this layout of keys. In the current layout, a sharp note or a flat note would be a black key, whereas in the my layout it is not so.
This website which presents the benefits of the my keyboard layout versus the current layout. This virtual keyboard can be played with the computer keys.