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, 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 in this case, but a passing tone. As the pictures below show, the passing note can be found between the 5th and 6th note in the scale.

The Bebop Major and Minor scales can be used for improvising/soloing in jazz. The most straightforward approach is to play a scale with the same root note as the key in the jazz tune.

Perhaps you also notice that it is a sort of merging between the Natural Minor and Harmonic Minor regarding their relative major scales. For example, C Major Bebop Scale includes the same notes as in both A Natural Minor and A Harmonic Minor.

Major Bebop Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the Major Bebop Scale. 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#, A, 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

Major Bebop Scales overview
C: C, D, E, F, G, G#, A, B, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, F, F#, G#, A, 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

Intervals: 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

Minor Bebop Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the Minor Bebop Scale.

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

Minor Bebop 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

Intervals: 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 a flattened 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.