Playing piano – Right Hand

One of the dilemma of many people that want to learn how to play piano, is to understand what the right hand needs to do! In this article we will focus on the right hand and explain what it supposed to do, where it will be and how it will play along. At the bottom of the article you’ll find the link that will show you how the left hand works. Check it out if you are interested. Let’s get into it!

Understanding the Staff and Piano Notation.

When you want to play a song on the Piano, improvising is not always the best option, especially if you need practice. Looking at a music sheet can be really helpful because you’ll know exactly how many notes there are and when you’ll need to play them. In order to read a Music Sheet and play a song, we need to cover a few things together. When music is written down, that’s called “Music Notation“, Piano uses “Traditional Notation”.

The Staff.

First thing to know about Traditional Notation is the “Staff”. The Staff is composed by 5 lines and 4 spaces in between. Notes can be written on each of these lines and spaces. The Staff can be a ” Treble Staff” or a “Bass Staff”. Each Staff is represented by a symbol. The Treble Staff is used to write High Notes and the Bass Staff for Low notes.

If you look at a Piano, divide it in two sections. Starting from the middle, the right side contains “high notes” (Treble Staff) and the left side contains¬†“low notes” (Bass Staff). Dividing the Piano in two sections will also mean that your right hand will play obviously the right side (Treble Staff) and your left hand will play the left side (Bass Staff). Like i mentioned before in this article we will focus on the Right Hand only.

The Treble Staff starts from the note “E” (in the middle of your piano) followed by F,G,A,B,C,D,E and finally F.

The good advantage of playing Piano following a Music Sheet is that you have a precise number of notes that have to be played at a right time. Learning how to play Piano following a Music Sheet can be hard at first, but like anything in life the more you practice the more you become better at it.

Right Hand position.

The Treble Staff describes all the “White Keys” of a Piano. It’s always easy to find a note on the Staff if you know their positions. Considering the Treble Staff, to make it easy for you, start placing your Thumb on the “G” note, where the first set of 3 “Black Keys” starts. Following, place your other fingers on the next notes finishing with your Pinky on “D”.¬† As you can see in the photo your right hand is positioned in the middle of the treble Staff.

That is a start point so that you know where your finger are placed on the Staff. Eventually only by moving your right hand left or right by one Key you’ll still know where you are on the Staff. Once you get familiar with understanding the position of your Right Hand on the Staff you al ready came a long way into reading Music.

Right Hand Chords.

It is also important to understand how a Chord is written on a Piano Music Sheet. If you don’t know what a Chord is Check out the “Piano Introduction”. Once you understand how a Chord is written on a Staff, for you will be much easier to recognise them.

A “G” Chord will be represented like in the photo. The notes are one on top of each others. Each note is written on the lines.

An “F” Chord is a bit different. The notes are still on top of each others but each note is written on the spaces.


Having guide lines is very important especially if you are just starting now. There are a million things you need to learn in order to become a good player. Sometimes simple guide lines can keep you focus on important concepts that will help you along with the learning process. I am sure you’ll get something good out of this article and that is what i was aiming for. Keep practicing and don’t forget, Follow us on our Facebook page Sound Trip. Click into the link to learn the “Left Hand Position” if you haven’t red it yet.

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