C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D, E, F#, G, A, and B - Key: C - Origin: North Indian - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) 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 one black keys: F# and six white keys: C, D, E, G, A, and B. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Purvi Thaat, C Bhairavi Thaat, and C Bhairav Thaat - as great choices for composing or improvising North Indian music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) Scale we can find it has no flats and one 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, and B.

How to play the C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) scale?

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    To play the C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) 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, and B.
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    Return to the home of the C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) 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, A, G, F#, E, and D.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Kalyan Thaat (Yaman) 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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