C Maqam Saba Zamzam Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Db, Eb, Fb, G, Ab, and Bb - Key: C - Origin: Iraqian - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Maqam Saba Zamzam 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 four black keys: Db, Eb, Ab, and Bb and three white keys: C, Fb, and G. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Makam Būselik II, C Makam Ēārgāh, and C Makam Hijaz - as great choices for composing or improvising Iraqian music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Maqam Saba Zamzam Scale we can find it has five flats and no sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find five accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, Db, Eb, Fb, G, Ab, and Bb.

How to play the C Maqam Saba Zamzam scale?

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    To play the C Maqam Saba Zamzam 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, Eb, Fb, G, Ab, and Bb.
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    Return to the home of the C Maqam Saba Zamzam 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 Bb, Ab, G, Fb, Eb, and Db.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Maqam Saba Zamzam scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Maqam Saba Zamzam 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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