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Bebop scales

Scales & modesBebop scales are usually played in bebop. Contrary to the heptatonic scales (seven pitches per octave) they contains eight notes (octatonic scales) including chromaticisms (chromatic passing tones). They are derived for the most of them from modes of the major scale but also from the harmonic minor and melodic minor scales.

Bebop scales from the major scale :

  • The major bebop scale :

Formula is 1-2-3-4-5-#5-6-7. This is the major scale including a passing tone (#5) between the fifth and the sixth.

  • The dorian bebop scale :

Formula is 1-2-b3-3-4-5-6-b7. Compared to the dorian mode this scale has an additional note, a major third,  between the minor third (b3) and the fourth. 

  • The dominant bebop scale :

Formula is 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7-7. This is the mixolydian mode including a major seventh.

  • The locrian bebop scale : 

Formula is 1-b2-b3-4-b5-5-b6-b7. It has an additional fifth between the flat fifth (b5) and the minor sixth (b6).

Other bebop scales :

  • The harmonic minor bebop scale :

Formula is : 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7-7 . This scale has a chromatic passing tone (b7) between the minor sixth (b6) and the major seventh (7).

  • The melodic minor bebop scale :

Formula is : 1-2-b3-4-5-#5-6-7. The melodic minor bebop scale is derived from the ascending form of the melodic minor scale, it has a chromatic passing tone between the 5th and 6th notes.

Major bebop scale guitar fretboard diagrams 1
Major bebop scale | Guitar diagrams , fingerings and licks | Free jazz guitar lesson

In this free jazz guitar lesson you will find the main guitar positions about the major bebop scale. Diagrams, fingerings and jazz guitar lines to practice.

Dorian bebop scale guitar diagram 1
Dorian bebop scale | Guitar fretboard diagrams and formula

This jazz guitar lesson is about the dorian bebop scale, also called minor bebop scale. Guitar fretboard diagrams, fingerings & lick.

G bebop dominant scale guitar diagram 1
Dominant bebop scale | Guitar fretboard diagrams and fingerings

Here are some dominant bepop scale guitar patterns, diagrams and fingerings to master this scale used in bebop music. Free jazz guitar lessons with licks.

Locrian bebop scale 1 diagram
The locrian bebop scale | Guitar diagrams, patterns, fingerings and lick.

The locrian bebop scale is an octotonic scale, it has eight notes.You will find in this free jazz lesson some guitar fretboard diagrams and fingerings.


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