C Major/Minor mixed Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D, Eb, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, and B - Key: C - Category: Undecatonic or Hendecatonic Scales

The C Major/Minor mixed uses eleven notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Undecatonic or Hendecatonic -scales that have Eleven-note (or Eleven-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of three black keys: Eb, Ab, and Bb and seven white keys: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Prometheus, C Prometheus Liszt, and C Prometheus Neapolitan - as great choices for composing or improvising music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Major/Minor mixed Scale we can find it has three flats and no sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find three accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, D, Eb, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, and B.

How to play the C Major/Minor mixed scale?

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    To play the C Major/Minor mixed 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, Eb, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, and B.
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    Return to the home of the C Major/Minor mixed 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 B, Bb, A, Ab, G, F, E, Eb, and D.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Major/Minor mixed scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Major/Minor mixed 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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