C Raga Bhanumanjari Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Eb, E, F, G, and Bb - Key: C - Origin: Indian - Category: Heptatonic Scales

The C Raga Bhanumanjari uses seven notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Heptatonic -scales that have Seven-note (or Seven-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of two black keys: Eb, and Bb and four white keys: C, E, F, and G. 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 Bhanumanjari 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, Eb, E, F, G, and Bb.

How to play the C Raga Bhanumanjari scale?

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