Piano Keys as Months

2020-09-17 music piano

Noticed something at the piano today.

As a kid, I learned to map the months of the year onto my knuckles, whereby the peaks represent months with 31 days and the valleys are months with less.

It occured to me I could do the same thing at the keyboard: map the months onto the piano keys chromatically, starting at F. So:

Jan F
Feb F#
Mar G
Apr G#
May A
Jun A#
Jul B
Aug C
Sep C#
Oct D
Nov D#
Dec E

Now all the white keys have 31 days, while the black keys have less. Also makes month math super easy, given that I know my keyboard intervals pretty well. I could even remember my family’s birth months as a chord, or perhaps a melody to preserve birth ordering.