C Full Minor Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, and B - Key: C - Category: Decatonic Scales

The C Full Minor uses ten notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Decatonic -scales that have Ten-note (or Ten-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of three black keys: Eb, Ab, and Bb and six white keys: C, D, F, G, A, and B. 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 music.

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

How to play the C Full Minor scale?

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    To play the C Full Minor 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, Eb, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, and B.
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    Return to the home of the C Full Minor 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, Ab, G, F, Eb, and D.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Full Minor scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Full Minor 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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