How Many Keys On A Piano?

28th April 2021

A piano is an acoustic stringed instrument in which wooden hammers strike the strings to produce melodies. A typical full-sized piano is known to have a keyboard that is 88 keys long. The largest piano made has 108 keys, but these are rare.

How many black keys on a piano?

Of the 88 keys found on a full-sized piano, there are 52 white keys and 36 black keys. The white keys are known as natural music notes, while the black keys are sharps and flats.

Some of the black keys are also labelled on extended pianos to make it clear to the musician that it is extended.

History on the first piano was invented?

Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the piano. He was born on the 4th of May 1655 and died on the 27th of January 1731. He was an Italian man.

Cristofori was an inventor and instrument maker. Perhaps his most outstanding achievement was making the piano, an invention which he is well known for.

He has found that musicians had problems controlling the volume on the harpsichord and decided to replace the plucking mechanism with a hammer. He did this in 1700 at the age of 76.

The modern-day piano was first called the "gravicembalo col piano e", meaning "a harpsichord that can play soft and loud noises". The name was later shortened to 'piano'.

Cristofori's early versions of the piano had thinner strings than modern-day pianos that were quieter but more sustained.

The piano has then gone to be played by some of the most famous and great artists globally, including Mozart and Ray Charles.

Other inventions made by Cristofori were the Spinneton and the oval spinet. Both these were made before he started working on the piano. He is also recorded to have invented many other instruments apart from those mentioned here.

Who created the first 88-key piano?

The piano manufacturer Steinway was the first to come up with the idea of an 88 key piano. They did this in the 1880s, and many other manufacturers have since followed suit.

The 88key piano has seven octaves plus three lower notes below the bottom C. An example of this is the well-known Grand Piano. Other types of pianos include the upright piano, the specialized piano, and some hybrid versions. There also electronic versions that have been developed over the years.

Why did piano manufacturers stop at 88 keys?

Most musicians in the modern age make piano music in line with the 88 key range on a full-size piano. This forces manufacturers to produce pianos and keyboards with 88 keys as the demand for these is higher.

With the development of new music genres each day, perhaps we may see the larger pianos becoming more popular.

How many white keys and black keys on a piano keyboard?

The number of keys on a piano keyboard varies. Some of the common variations are the 66 key version, the 72 key version, and the 88 key version.

Should I get a 61 or 88 key keyboard?

If you are a pro already and have been playing the piano for a while, it would be better to use the 88 key piano as it gives you room to do much more.

On the other hand, if you are just a beginner or are looking to start learning the piano, it would be advised to get the 61 key keyboards. This is simpler and much easier to understand and learn. The 61 key piano, however, limits you if you want to play classical composition. This is because vocal ranges do not constrain them as songs are.

Examples of the best manufacturers of pianos are Yamaha, W. Hoffman, Steinway and son, and more. Pianos by these manufacturers are available in stock at Broughton Pianos. You can learn more about pricing and shipping from their website

Broughton has both digital pianos and acoustic pianos ready in stock at affordable prices.

Pianos with Extra Keys

Some pianos have extra keys on them. Some known manufacturers and dealers sell pianos with 97 keys. Others also have been noted to have 108 keys; this is commonly known as a 9 octave piano.

One such piano is the Imperial Bösendorfer that is 290cm long and has 97 keys. This is the same number of keys as the piano by Stuart & Sons.

Pianos with Shorter Keyboards

Some pianos are known to have fewer keys. Some of these versions come with 44, 54 or 61, or 60 keys. Some have been known to have fewer keys than these, but this comes at a disadvantage as there is little that can be done with such a piano. They are often used for teaching purposes.

There also some of the most awkwardly small pianos that are present in modern times. Some of these have as few as five keys on their keyboard.


In conclusion, the piano is one of the best instruments you can have. A lot of music in the modern world uses the piano as a set reference for creating their melodies. This goes from using it as a midi to using it in itself to create melodies.

A lot of musical software have used the piano in their setup as the foundation for creating and learning chords. This goes to show how much the piano has revolutionized the music industry as a whole.

If you are a beginner in music and are looking to learn an instrument, the piano is the most recommended one for you. Luckily for you, Broughton has many of them waiting for you to choose from.

With pianos from different manufacturers, Broughton Pianos offers you a broader range to choose whether you prefer acoustic pianos, electronic pianos and quality used pianos.

You can contact Broughton on +44 1562 731113 or visit their website