Bebop Dorian, Major and Melodic Minor scales

Bebop scales contain an extra chromatic passing note creating an 8 note scale.

Why is this?

In the example below you will see how the added chromatic passing note makes the scale rhythmically logical.

1 3 5 7th notes of the chord [C E G B flat] are all “On” the beat whereas the “non chord tones” D F A B natural are played “Off” the beat.

Bebop scale



G Dorian BeBop scale

Dorian Bebop scale

Dorian BeBop scale jazz improvisation example/lick

G Dorian Bebop scale  for jazz

Major and Melodic Minor Bebop Scales

Major Bebop scale


C Major BeBop scale jazz improvisation example/lick

major be bop jazz scale example

Minor Bebop scale

melodic minor bebop scale jazz improvising example

Minor BeBop scale jazz improvisation example/lick

melodic minor bebop scale jazz improvising examples

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Be Bop “DOMINANT” Jazz Scale for improvisation

The “Dominant” bebop scale is the Mixolydian mode with the major 7th added to create an 8 note scale that [to quote David Baker] “Comes out right rhythmically”.

In this case it is the C “Mixolydian” mode with the B natural [Major 7th] chromatic passing tone. This makes an 8 note scale. So we have the C major scale with the flattened seventh and the major 7th.

Dominant be bop scale


Be bop “Dominant”jazz Scale

Dominant Be Bop Scale

Be Bop “Dominant scale” jazz improvisation double time lick/example.

Dominant Be Bop Scale example

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