The bebop scale.
What is the bebop scale?
Okay, bebop scale was taught to me by one
of the great jazz educators of all time,
Mr. David Baker who wrote a number of
books on educating jazz and
was the original.
Idea guy who got Jamie Eversol the great
tape and record genius, got gave Jamie the
original idea to do this.
And David has been a great composer, a
serious composer for years,
and has written many symphonies and
concertos lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
And a, and a great resource for
all kinds of you know jazz history and
Just one of the great people.
So he, something on the beat box scale
which is actually a combination
of the major scale and the Mixolydian
So what do we do when play the major and
the Mixolydian together?
Well, most of those notes are the same.
Okay the major scale.
Mixed lead-in scale is.
The only thing that
is different is the sevens, right.
Major seventh and the major, and flat
seventh and the mixolydian.
those are the notes that we combine into
the bebop scale.
So we get.
Now what's great about this scale?
Well it's, it's nice.
It gets both notes in.
What else happens?
Two, three, four.
What's really great
about this scale is that it's got an extra
Which, when you play.
an automatically put the strong notes in,
in the chord.
Into the on beats.
So you get.
It's, it's great.
Well for just kind of lining up your, your
You can it just helps you la,
land on the right feet.
And, you know.
Something that silly, and small, can be a
huge thing if you're just trying to
make your way, you know, improvising
through any set of cords.
So its just a, just a great scale, to just
be, be comfortable with.
then we can combine that with different
ways of chromatically moving.
But just that little slide.
So this is, it's kind of a, a,
kind of a sub-scale, that is just very
It's, like, kind of, a little monkey
Or a little Swiss army knife, or something
that just gets you through, and it gets
you on the right beat in a bar.
Something as simple as that can be so
So, bebop scale combining the mixolydian
and major scale.
Just practice that a bit and get,
get comfortable with that going up, going
And see what you think.