C Mela Sadvidhamargini Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Db, Eb, Gb, G, A, and Bb - Key: C - Origin: South Indian - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Mela Sadvidhamargini 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, Gb, and Bb and three white keys: C, G, and A. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Mela Bhavapriya, C Mela Cakravaka, and C Mela Calanata - as great choices for composing or improvising South Indian music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Mela Sadvidhamargini Scale we can find it has four flats and no sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find four accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, Db, Eb, Gb, G, A, and Bb.

How to play the C Mela Sadvidhamargini scale?

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    To play the C Mela Sadvidhamargini 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, Gb, G, A, and Bb.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Mela Sadvidhamargini 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.
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    Go down. Play Bb, A, G, Gb, Eb, and Db.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Mela Sadvidhamargini scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Mela Sadvidhamargini 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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