C Verdi's Enigmatic descending Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, B, Ab, G, E, D, and Db - Key: C - Origin: Italian - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Verdi's Enigmatic descending 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 two black keys: B, and D and five white keys: C, Ab, G, E, and Db. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Arezzo Major Diatonic Hexachord, C Enigmatic, and C Neapolitan Major - as great choices for composing or improvising Italian music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Verdi's Enigmatic descending 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, B, Ab, G, E, D, and Db.

How to play the C Verdi's Enigmatic descending scale?

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    To play the C Verdi's Enigmatic descending 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 B, Ab, G, E, D, and Db.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Verdi's Enigmatic descending 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 Db, D, E, G, Ab, and B.
  3. 3
    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Verdi's Enigmatic descending scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Verdi's Enigmatic descending 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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