C Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, E, F#, and A# - Key: C - Category: Pentatonic Scales

The C Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse uses five notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Pentatonic -scales that have Five-note (or Five-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of two black keys: F#, and A# and two white keys: C, and E. 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 Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse Scale we can find it has no flats and two sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find two accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, E, F#, and A#.

How to play the C Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse scale?

  1. 1
    To play the C Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse on your piano, start on the Root note. Play C, the first note of the scale.
  2. 2
    Continue with rest of the notes that shape the scale, play E, F#, and A#.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse 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 A#, F#, and E.
  3. 3
    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse scale: C.
  4. 4
    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Messiaen truncated mode 6 inverse 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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