The Major Bebop Scale | Guitar Diagrams and Theory
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.
What is The Formula and Interval Pattern For The Major Bebop Scale?
The major bebop scale formula is 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - #5 - 6 - 7. The interval pattern is W - W - H - W - H - H - W - H
|C major bebop scale||C||D||E||F||G||G#||A||B|
W = Whole Step H = Half-Step
How To Apply The Major Bebop Scale?
The major bebop scale can be played over any major chords (non altered). Maj, maj7, maj6, maj13, maj9, maj11, sus2 and sus4.
Major Bebop Scale | One-Octave Guitar Shapes
How To Play The Major Bebop Scale On Guitar?
Here are four major bebop scale guitar fretboard diagrams. It is recommended to play these patterns starting on the chord tones :
- Root (R)
- Major third (3)
- Perfect fifth (5)
- Major seventh (7)
Be sure to play these patterns in twelve keys. Playing the corresponding chord is a good way to make the link between scales and chords. For example if you play the G major bebop scale, just play a Gmaj chord (maj7, maj6).
Major Bebop Scale | Two-Octave Guitar Shapes
These two diagrams show how to play the major bebop scale within the space of two octaves.
C Major Bebop Guitar Line
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).
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Last edited: 01/20/2019