C Pentatonic Major b2 b6 Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Db, E, G, and Ab - Key: C - Category: Hexatonic Scales

The C Pentatonic Major b2 b6 uses six notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Hexatonic -scales that have Six-note (or Six-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of two black keys: Db, and Ab and three white keys: C, E, and G. 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 Pentatonic Major b2 b6 Scale we can find it has two flats and no sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find two accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, Db, E, G, and Ab.

How to play the C Pentatonic Major b2 b6 scale?

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    To play the C Pentatonic Major b2 b6 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 Db, E, G, and Ab.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Pentatonic Major b2 b6 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 Ab, G, E, and Db.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Pentatonic Major b2 b6 scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Pentatonic Major b2 b6 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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