Major bebop scale | Guitar Diagrams ,Fingerings and Licks

The major bebop scale

What's the major bebop scale

The major bebop scale is an octatonic scale (eight notes) and it will take exactly four beats to play if the eight notes are used. It contains the same notes as the major scale (ionian mode) including a chromatic passing tone (#5) between the fifth (5) and the sixth (6). Playing the major bebop scale over major seventh chords brings tension because of the #5, this is a passing tone so you need to resolve this note in your major lines and avoid to play it over strong beats. Before learning this scale, be sure to master the Ionian mode.

C major bebop scale C D E F G G# A B
Formula 1 2 3 4 5 #5 6 7
Intervals W W H W H H W H

 

Major bebop scale | Guitar fretboard diagrams and fingerings # 1

How to play the major bebop scale on guitar

Here are two guitar fretboard diagrams about the major bebop scale. 

It is recommended to play these patterns by starting with the lowest root (R) and to play them by ascending and descending movements.

To play the A major bebop scale starting with the lowest root you must place your second finger on the sixth string at the fifth fret.

You will also have to slide with your fourth finger on the fifth string to get the augmented fifth (#5).

Be sure to play these patterns in twelve keys.

Playing the corresponding chord after or before these patterns is a nice way to bring scales and chords together, this way you will hear the scale correctly.

Pattern 1 w/intervals. Roots on the sixth, fourth and first string.

Major bebop scale guitar fretboard diagrams 1

Pattern 1 w/fingerings (suggested)

 

Major bebop scale guitar diagrams and fingerings 1

Major bebop scale | Guitar fretboard diagrams and fingerings # 2

Here is a second pattern with roots (R) on the fifth and third string. 

To play the D major bebop scale starting with the lowest root you have to put your second finger on the fifth string at the fifth fret.

You will have to slide with your fourth finger on the fourth string to get the augmented fifth (#5).

Once again, be sure to play these patterns in twelve keys.

Pattern 2 w/intervals. Roots on the fifth and third string.

Major bebop scale guitar fretboard diagrams 2

Pattern 2 w/fingerings (suggested)

Major bebop scale guitar diagrams and fingerings 2

C major bebop jazz guitar line & enclosure

Here is an easy jazz lick using the bebop major scale, you can see the #5 on bar 2, specific to this scale. Notice that it starts with a diatonic enclosure. (D-B-C).

Major bebop lick

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Last edited: 25/05/2018