All bebop scales and more

From the excellent publication of Matt Warnock, here is an extract of this lesson on bebop.

The first scale that you study is the dominant bebop scale, as it’s the most popular bebop scale used in jazz and fusion.
This scale is so popular that it’s often referred to as simply the bebop scale, even though there are other variations of the scale, as you learn below.
Related to the 5th mode of the major scale, this scale is built by adding a major 7th passing tone between the b7 and root note of the Mixolydian mode.

Here’s how those two scales compare as intervals.
Mixolydian – R 2 3 4 5 6 b7
Dom Bebop – R 2 3 4 5 6 b7 7


They are 12 different one-octave scale shapes that you can use to practice this scale in all keys across the fretboard.

To begin, here are four one-octave shapes that start with your index finger, then others with your middle finger, then with your little finger. And finally 2 scales with 2 octaves, to play when you have more bars.

After you’ve learned any of these fingerings, put on the C7 jam track and solo in your practice routine. Learning how to solo with bebop scales is just as important as memorizing them.

So, make sure to divide your practice time between a metronome and jam track when studying these, and any, scale shapes.


Now, then, you have all combinations with chords and scales, then all others bebop scales like:

  • Dominant Bebop Scale
  • Minor Bebop Scale
  • ii V Bebop Scale
  • Major Bebop Scale
  • 7#11 Bebop Scale
  • Altered Bebop Scale
  • Allan Holdsworth Bebop Scale

Just go to his web site you will find much more: Matt Warnock Guitar

master the bebop scale – theory, patterns, and licks

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