C Maqam Shahnaz Kurdi Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

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

The C Maqam Shahnaz Kurdi 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 three black keys: Db, Eb, and Ab and four white keys: C, F, G, and B. 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 Shahnaz Kurdi 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, Db, Eb, F, G, Ab, and B.

How to play the C Maqam Shahnaz Kurdi scale?

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