C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

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

The C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic 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: Db, and Ab and five white keys: C, E, F, G, and B. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Byzantine, - as great choices for composing or improvising Byzantine music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic 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, G, Ab, and B.

How to play the C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic scale?

  1. 1
    To play the C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic 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, G, Ab, and B.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic 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 B, Ab, G, F, E, and Db.
  3. 3
    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic scale: C.
  4. 4
    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Byzantine Liturgical Chromatic 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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