C Ultra Locrian Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, and Bbb - Key: C - Category: Octatonic Scales

The C Ultra Locrian 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 four black keys: Db, Eb, Gb, and Ab and three white keys: C, Fb, and Bbb. 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 Ultra Locrian Scale we can find it has seven flats and no sharps. Therefore, on sheet music you will find seven accidentals on the score. The notes of this scale are: C, Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, and Bbb.

How to play the C Ultra Locrian scale?

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    To play the C Ultra Locrian 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 Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, and Bbb.
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    Return to the home of the C Ultra Locrian 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.
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    Go down. Play Bbb, Ab, Gb, Fb, Eb, and Db.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Ultra Locrian scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Ultra Locrian 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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