The Locrian bb7 Mode - Formula Charts and Guitar Diagrams

What's the Locrian bb7 mode ?

The Locrian bb7 mode also referred to as Diminished Blues b9 is the seventh mode of the harmonic major scale. It is rarely used, however it can be employed over diminished 7 chords. The formula is 1 - b2 - b3 - 4 - b5 - b6 - bb7.

Locrian bb7 mode 1 b2 b3 4 b b6 bb7
Intervals H W W H W H H+W

 

The Locrian bb7 scale should not be confused with the super Locrian bb7 mode (1 - b2 - b3 - b4 - b5 - b6 - bb7) which is the seventh mode of the harmonic minor scale. Indeed,  the super Locrian mode as a b4 whereas the Locrian bb7 mode has a perfect fourth (4). 

One Octave Shapes

Here are four one-octave guitar shape for the Locrian bb7 mode.

Keep in mind that the Locrian bb7 mode has a unique set of intervals (1-b2-b3-4-b5-b6-bb7), so the shapes will reflect those intervals.

The numbers indicate the scale degrees of the Locrian bb7 mode.

The "b" before some numbers indicates a flattened note. For example, "b5" means the note between the 4th and 5th scale degrees is flattened.

Locrian bb7 scale one octave shapes

Two Octave Shapes

Here are two octave shapes to play the Locrian bb7 mode. As the name implies, the notes are comprised within the space of two octaves.

Try to play these shapes in all twelve keys, anywhere on the guitar neck.

Locrian bb7 scale guitar positions

3-Notes Per String

These seven neck diagrams show the position of the Locrian bb7 mode all over the guitar neck. They also represent the seven modes of the harmonic major scale.

Locrian bb7 guitar positions
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Last edited: 2023-08-30

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  • Daniel
    • 1. Daniel On 2023-07-11
    Hi could you add the 3 notes per string to this and lydian aug #2 pages please
    Really enjoying the material
    • jazz-guitar-licks
      • jazz-guitar-licksOn 2023-07-16
      Yes asap !
  • Suzana
    • 2. Suzana On 2023-04-29
    Hi, could you please add the diagram with this scale in all 7 shapes?
    • jazz-guitar-licks
      • jazz-guitar-licksOn 2023-05-01
      Hello, I will do it asap
  • jazz-guitar-licks
    Glad you like this ;)
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