C Peruvian major Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B - Key: C - Origin: Peruvian - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Peruvian major 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 no black keys: no and seven white keys: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Peruvian minor, C Peruvian Pentatonic 1, and C Peruvian Pentatonic 2 - as great choices for composing or improvising Peruvian music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Peruvian major Scale we can find it has no flats and no sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find no accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B.

How to play the C Peruvian major scale?

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    To play the C Peruvian major 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 D, E, F, G, A, and B.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Peruvian major 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 B, A, G, F, E, and D.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Peruvian major scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Peruvian major 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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