In this 5 minute masterclass we’re going talk about bebop scales. Bebop scales are scales that derive from the bebop language, adding an extra chromatic note to a basic major, minor or dominant scale. This extra note is very useful as it will help to create logical phrases with 4 or 8 notes.
It is worth remembering that the bebop language came first: the melodies used in bebop language are essential to learn and study, not only these scales. You could think of the bebop scales as a way to explain theoretically the rules or guide lines that apply to bebop.
Bebop Scales Lesson Notation File Type: pdf
Choose a bebop tune and identify the bebop scales that would be used with the chord changes.
See if you can identify bebop scales in use in a transcribed solo of a bebop player, for example, Charlie Parker or Bud Powell.
- Take a few lines from a transcription, or write your own lines, and practice playing them in a few commonly used keys.