Bebop Scale Summary

They are just regular scales with passing tones.

I got these names from doing some research, but frankly most of them are a total waste of time. I’m going to leave the PDF as is, for the time being, but I’m quite disgusted with it because of the names. You are probably better off just learning modes and altered scales, the important ones, the ones that are distinctive and useful, then seeing all the so-called bebop scales as common scales adding some kind of passing tone.

For instance, Dominant Bebop is Myxolydian with maj7 inserted between (b) 7 and 8, so 1 2 3 4 5 6 (b)7 maj7.

Dorian bebop is the same thing with one change:  1 2 b3 4 5 6 (b)7 maj7 8.

Melodic minor bebop add an extra note: 1 2 b3 4 5 #5 6 maj7 8.

Harmonic minor bebop is not harmonic, so it’s a stupid name. It is shown as: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 (b)7 maj7 8. That could just as easily be natural minor with a passing tone, so the names become nothing but definitions and are counter-intuitive.But for what it’s worth, here is a summary of what some of these things look like:

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Bebop Scales


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