C Raga Bhankar Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Db, E, F, Gb, A, and Ab - Key: C - Origin: Indian - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Raga Bhankar 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, Gb, and A and four white keys: C, E, F, and Ab. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Raga Abheri, C Raga Abhogi, and C Raga Adana - as great choices for composing or improvising Indian music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Raga Bhankar 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, E, F, Gb, A, and Ab.

How to play the C Raga Bhankar scale?

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    To play the C Raga Bhankar 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, F, Gb, A, and Ab.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Raga Bhankar 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, A, Gb, F, E, and Db.
  3. 3
    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Raga Bhankar scale: C.
  4. 4
    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Raga Bhankar 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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