Bebop Scales

The bebop scales are mostly used in jazz. You will probably notice the close relationship between the bebop scale and the major scale. The only difference is one extra note and this can be compared with the blue note added to a pentatonic to get a blues scale.

Although we don’t call it a blue note but a passing tone. As the pictures below show, the passing note can be found between the 5th and 6th note in the scale.

Bebop Major Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the major bebop scales. See also Minor Bebop Scales.

C

C bebop scale diagram
Notes: C, D, E, F, G, G#, A, B, C

C# / Db

C# bebop scale diagram
Notes: C#, D#, F, F#, G#, G, A#, C, C#

D

D bebop scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F#, G, A, A#, B, C#, D

D# /Eb

D# bebop scale diagram
Notes: D#, F, G, G#, A#, B, C, D, D#

E

E bebop scale diagram
Notes: E, F#, G#, A, B, C, C#, D#, E

F

F bebop scale diagram
Notes: F, G, A, Bb, C, Db, D, E, F

F# / Gb

F# bebop scale diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D, D#, F, F#

G

G bebop scale diagram
Notes: G, A, B, C, D, D#, E, F#, G

G# / Ab

G# bebop scale diagram
Notes: G#, A#, C, C#, D#, E, F, G, G#

A

A bebop scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C#, D, E, F, F#, G#, A

A# / Bb

A# bebop scale diagram
Notes: A#, C, D, Eb, F, F#, G, A, A#

B

B bebop scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G, G#, A#, B

Bebop Scales overview
C: C, D, E, F, G, G#, A, B, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, F, F#, G#, G, A#, C, C#
D: D, E, F#, G, A, A#, B, C#, D
D#/Eb: D#, F, G, G#, A#, B, C, D, D#
E: E, F#, G#, A, B, C, C#, D#, E
F: F, G, A, Bb, C, Db, D, E, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D, D#, F, F#
G: G, A, B, C, D, D#, E, F#, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, C, C#, D#, E, F, G, G#
A: A, B, C#, D, E, F, F#, G#, A
A#/Bb: A#, C, D, Eb, F, F#, G, A, A#
B: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G, G#, A#, B

Interval: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6b, 6, 7
Semi-notes: 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 1
Formula: Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Half, Half, Whole, Half

Bebop Minor Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the minor bebop scales.

Cm

C bebop minor diagram
Notes: C, D, Eb, E, F, G, A, Bb, C

C#m / Dbm

C# bebop minor diagram
Notes: C#, D#, E, F, F#, G#, A#, B, C#

Dm

D bebop minor diagram
Notes: D, E, F, Gb, G, A, B, C, D

D#m / Ebm

D# bebop minor diagram
Notes: D#, F, F#, G, G#, A#, C, C#, D#

Em

E bebop minor diagram
Notes: E, Gb, G, Ab, A, B, Db, D, E

Fm

Fm bebop minor diagram
Notes: F, G, Ab, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F

F#m / Gbm

F# bebop minor diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A, A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#

Gm

Gm bebop minor diagram
Notes: G, A, Bb, B, C, D, E, F, G

G#m / Abm

G# bebop minor diagram
Notes: G#, A#, B, C, C#, D#, F, F#, G#

Am

A bebop minor diagram
Notes: A, B, C, Db, D, E, Gb, G, A

A#m / Bbm

A# bebop minor diagram
Notes: A#, C, C#, D, D#, F, G, G#, A#

Bm

B bebop minor diagram
Notes: B, C#, D, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B

Bebop Minor Scales overview
C: C, D, Eb, E, F, G, A, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, E, F, F#, G#, A#, B, C#
D: D, E, F, Gb, G, A, B, C, D
D#/Eb: D#, F, F#, G, G#, A#, C, C#, D#
E: E, Gb, G, Ab, A, B, Db, D, E
F: F, G, Ab, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A, A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#
G: G, A, Bb, B, C, D, E, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B, C, C#, D#, F, F#, G#
A: A, B, C, Db, D, E, Gb, G, A
A#/Bb: A#, C, C#, D, D#, F, G, G#, A#
B: B, C#, D, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B

Interval: 1, 2, 3b, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7b
Semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2
Formula: Whole, Half, Half, Half, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole

Additional scales

In addition, there are two other variations of the bebop scale: Bebop Dominant and Bebop Dorian. The interval for Bebop Dominant is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7b, 7 (with the passing note between the 7th and the root), which is the same as Mixolydian with one extra note. Bebop Dorian has one extra flat, the third note, and the interval is 1, 2, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7b, 7. All these scales are great tools for learning to play jazz.