C Warao tetratonic Scale on the Piano - Improvisation and Composition

Notes: C, D, Eb, and Bb - Key: C - Origin: Native South American - Category: Pentatonic Scales

The C Warao tetratonic uses five notes per octave. Because of this same reason it is a member of the so called Pentatonic -scales that have Five-note (or Five-tone). On the piano keyboard, it is made up of two black keys: Eb, and Bb and two white keys: C, and D. This combination makes this scale - as well as the C Warao ditonic, C Warao tritonic, - as great choices for composing or improvising Native South American music.

If we take a look a the key signature of the C Warao tetratonic 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, D, Eb, and Bb.

How to play the C Warao tetratonic scale?

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    To play the C Warao tetratonic 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, and Bb.
  3. 3
    Return to the home of the C Warao tetratonic 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 Bb, Eb, and D.
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    Reach the home again. Establish tonality by playing the tonic of the C Warao tetratonic scale: C.
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    Tip. If you want to learn how to improvise or compose your own music using the C Warao tetratonic 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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