C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D, E, and G - Key: C - Origin: Alaska - Category: Pentatonic Scales

The C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) uses five notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Pentatonic -scales that have Five-note (or Five-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of no black keys: no and four white keys: C, D, E, and G. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Eskimo Heptatonic, C Eskimo Hexatonic 1, and C Eskimo Hexatonic 2 (Alaska : Point Hope) - as great choices for composing or improvising Alaska music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) Scale we can find it has no flats and no sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find no accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, D, E, and G.

How to play the C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) scale?

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    To play the C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) on your piano, start on the Root note. Play C, the first note of the scale.
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    Continue with rest of the notes that shape the scale, play D, E, and G.
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    Return to the home of the C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) scale. Play again C -the tonic of the scale- to mark its ending.

How to play the scale in descending fashion?

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    Begin on the last note. Play the C, the last (and first) note of the scale.
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    Go down. Play G, E, and D.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Eskimo tetratonic (Alaska : Bethel) 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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