The Locrian Bebop Scale | Guitar Diagrams and Patterns

Locrian bebop scale | Guitar diagrams and fingerings

What's the Locrian Bebop Scale?

The Locrian bebop scale is made up of eight notes, it's an octatonic scale. This is the Locrian mode with a passing tone (5) between the flat five (b5) and the minor sixth (b6). This scale is commonly played over m7b5 chords. If you refer to the dominant bebop scale diagrams, you will see that there is the same notes in it so it works well over dominant 7th chords starting with the major third. For example, you can play the B locrian bebop scale over a G7 chord.

B Locrian bebop scale B C D E F F# G A
Formula 1 b2 b3 4 b5 5 b6 b7
Intervals H W W H H H W W


Locrian bebop scale | Guitar fretborad diagram and fingerings # 1

How to play the Locrian bebop scale on guitar

Here is a first locrian bebop guitar pattern.

To hear this scale correctly, you have to play it starting with the lowest root (R).

For example, to play the B locrian bebop scale starting with the lowest root you have to put your first finger on the sixth string at the seventh fret.

Be sure to play these patterns in twelve keys and play the corresponding chord. This is a nice way to bring scales and chords together.


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

Locrian bebop scale 1 diagram 1

Pattern 1 w/suggested fingerings.

Locrian bebop scale 1 diagram fingerings

Locrian bebop scale | Guitar fretborad diagram and fingerings # 2

This second bebop locrian pattern has its roots (R) on the fifth and the third string.

To play the B locrian bebop scale using these diagrams starting with the lowest root (R) you have to put your first finger on the fifth string at the second fret.

Be sure to play this pattern in twelve keys, ascending and descending.

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

Locrian bebop scale 2 diagram

Pattern 2 w/suggested fingerings.

Locrian bebop scale 2 diagram fingerings

Other locrian scales

The chart below shows you how are built the two other Locrian scales. The first is the seventh mode of the major scale and the second is the sixth mode of the melodic minor scale. The difference lies in the second, which is minor in the Locrian mode and major in the Locrian #2 mode. These two scales are designed to be applied to half-diminished chords (m7b5) as the Locrian bebop scale.

Locrian mode B C D E F G A
Formula 1 b2 (b9) b3 4 (11) b5 b6 (b13) b7
Locrian #2 mode B C# D E F G A
Formula 1 2 (9) b3 4 (11) b5 b6 (b13) b7

minor II-V-I lick | Locrian bebop scale

Here is an example of use locrian bebop scale in a minor II-V-I sequence. The D Locrian bebop scale is played over a Dm7b5 chord.

Locrian bebop lick minor ii v i

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Last edited: 12/23/2018