# What Octave Is Middle C?

## Why is C the middle note?

Because when they decided to name the notes with letters, they took a minor scale and named the notes “naturally”: A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

This is what we know as the A minor scale.

Now if we want to use the same “natural” notes in a major scale, then we need to start with C..

## Why does an octave start on C?

No, all octaves do not start with C. They do that as a convenience because starting on C produces only the “natural notes” – those of the white keys on the piano – no sharps or flats on the staff. “C-centric-ness” is a result of Tonal music.

The C major scale has no sharps or flats, this scale was created before the piano. When they created the piano (or whatever similar instrument before) they wanted all the sharps and flats to be on the black keys. Since there are no sharps or flats in CM it became the one with no black keys.

## What note number is middle C?

60Middle C (the fourth C key from left on a standard 88-key piano keyboard) is designated C4 in scientific pitch notation, and c′ in Helmholtz pitch notation; it is note number 60 in MIDI notation.

## What is the wavelength of middle C?

WAVELENGTHlowest audible C16.4 Hz69 feetmiddle C on piano261 Hz4 feet 3 inchesviolin A string440 Hz2 feet 6 inchesC four octaves above middle C4,186 Hz3.25 incheshighest audible tone20,000 Hz0.68 inches1 more row

## Is C the lowest note?

The highest note of a piano is a C, while lowest is an A. If you play C major, you are likely to play the highest note of a piano.

## Why is C the major scale?

This is all why it’s the letter C over anything else, because musicians initially named the notes of that minor scale starting with the first letter of the alphabet, A! When western music switched to major, the note names stuck and C major became the default.

## What is the octave of C?

Octave of a pitch Octaves are identified with various naming systems. … In this notation, middle C is C4, because of the note’s position as the fourth C key on a standard 88-key piano keyboard, while the C an octave higher is C5.

## Is c2 middle C?

A keyboard with 61 keys has a total of six C’s; middle C is the third C from the left. The first and last notes on a 61-key are both C’s (C2 and C7).