C Aeolian Harmonic Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D#, E, F#, G, A, and B - Key: C - Origin: Greek - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Aeolian Harmonic uses eight notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Octatonic -scales that have Eight-note (or Eight-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of two black keys: D#, and F# and five white keys: C, E, G, A, and B. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Aeolian, C Aeolian Major, and C Aeolian Pentatonic - as great choices for composing or improvising Greek music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Aeolian Harmonic Scale we can find it has no flats and two sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find two accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, D#, E, F#, G, A, and B.

How to play the C Aeolian Harmonic scale?

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    To play the C Aeolian Harmonic on your piano, start on the Root note. Play C, the first note of the scale.
  2. 2
    Continue with rest of the notes that shape the scale, play D#, E, F#, G, A, and B.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Aeolian Harmonic scale. Play again C -the tonic of the scale- to mark its ending.

How to play the scale in descending fashion?

  1. 1
    Begin on the last note. Play the C, the last (and first) note of the scale.
  2. 2
    Go down. Play B, A, G, F#, E, and D#.
  3. 3
    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Aeolian Harmonic scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Aeolian Harmonic scale or any other scale, check out our piano improvisation and composition lessons and enjoy thousands of interactive multimedia piano animations.
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