C Syrian pentatonic Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Db, E, F, and Ab - Key: C - Origin: Syrian - Category: Hexatonic Scales

The C Syrian pentatonic 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 F. 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 Syrian music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Syrian pentatonic 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, F, and Ab.

How to play the C Syrian pentatonic scale?

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