C Bebop Dominant Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb, and B - Key: C - Origin: American - Category: Nonatonic or Ennatonic Scales

The C Bebop Dominant uses nine notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Nonatonic or Ennatonic -scales that have Nine-note (or Nine-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of one black keys: Bb and seven white keys: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Bebop Half-Diminished, C Bebop Major I, and C Bebop Major II - as great choices for composing or improvising American music.

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

How to play the C Bebop Dominant scale?

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    To play the C Bebop Dominant 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, Bb, and B.
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    Return to the home of the C Bebop Dominant scale. Play again C -the tonic of the scale- to mark its ending.

How to play the scale in descending fashion?

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    Begin on the last note. Play the C, the last (and first) note of the scale.
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    Go down. Play B, Bb, A, G, F, E, and D.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Bebop Dominant scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Bebop Dominant 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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