C Magen Abot Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Db, D#, E, Gb, Ab, A#, and B - Key: C - Origin: Jewish - Category: Nonatonic or Ennatonic Scales

The C Magen Abot uses nine notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Nonatonic or Ennatonic -scales that have Nine-note (or Nine-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of five black keys: Db, D#, Gb, Ab, and A# and three white keys: C, E, and B. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Adonai Malakh, C Ahava Rabba, and C Chad Gadyo - as great choices for composing or improvising Jewish music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Magen Abot Scale we can find it has three flats and two sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find five accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, Db, D#, E, Gb, Ab, A#, and B.

How to play the C Magen Abot scale?

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    To play the C Magen Abot 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 Db, D#, E, Gb, Ab, A#, and B.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Magen Abot 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#, Ab, Gb, E, D#, and Db.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Magen Abot scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Magen Abot 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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