The Dominant Bebop Scale | Guitar Fretboard Diagrams, Interval Patterns and Licks
What's The Dominant Bebop Scale?
The dominant bebop scale aka Mixolydian bebop scale is an eight note scale (octatonic). It has the same notes as the Mixolydian scale including a chromatic passing tone, a major seventh, between the minor seventh (b7) and the root (1). The formula is root (1), second (2), major third (3), perfect fourth (4), perfect fifth (5), sixth (6), minor seventh (b7) and seventh (7).
|G Dominant bebop scale||G||A||B||C||D||E||F||F#|
|G dominant Mixolydian scale||G||A||B||C||D||E||F||X|
Here are four diagrams to play the dominant bebop scale on guitar. Each shape have notes within the space of one octave.
To hear this scale correctly, it is recommended to play it starting with the chord tones as the root (R), third (3), fifth (5) and minor seventh (b7), both in ascending and descending movements
Playing the corresponding chord after or before these patterns is a nice way to bring scales and chords together. For example, if you play a G bebop dominant scale, just play a G7 chord.
The dominant bebop scale is obviously played over dominant chords, but can be used over the related minor seventh (II). Indeed, the dominant bebop scale has the same notes as the relative minor scale, the Dorian bebop scale.
Please note that the additional note (F#) of the D Dorian bebop scale is between the minor third (b3) and the fourth (4) whereas the additional note of the G dominant bebop scale is between the minor seventh (b7) and the root (1). These two supplementary notes are the same.
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|G bebop dominant scale||G||A||B||C||D||E||F||F#|
10 Easy II V7 Bebop Licks For Guitar With Analysis and Scale Shapes
In its basic form the Mixolydian bebop scale starts on the downbeat so on a chord tone. You can practice both ascending and descending exercises.
- Exercise 1 on the root (1)
- Ex. 2 on the third (3)
- Ex. 3 on the fifth (5)
- Ex. 5 on the minor seventh (b7)
Dominant Bebop Patterns
Here are four dominant bebop patterns. The first and second exercise start on the root (G) whereas the third example starts on the third (B) and the fourth on the fifth (G). Try to practice these patterns in twelve keys.
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Last edited: 06/27/2020