The Bebop Scale: Everything You Need To Know!

by | Jazz Improvisation

This video is all about the bebop scalewhat it is, what it isn’t and when and how to use it! In this comprehensive lesson, I teach you how to easily come up with all the variants of the original bebop scale, how to instantly apply them to improvise over any II-V-I, and to conclude I show you an exercise over a Rhythm Changes bridge.

I also take this opportunity to give you some background on the origins of this scale and clear up some controversies among jazz musicians. If you are already a user of the bebop scale, you may or may not be aware of what I am going to point out, and you may not agree initially. But I encourage you to stick with me and you’ll eventually realize that my goal is not to invalidate the bebop scale, but instead, to understand it from a different, more useful theoretical perspective.


The Bebop Scale Files can be downloaded for $7.00 (buy me a cup of coffee?). Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes: a PDF of all the examples and exercises with both regular notation and TAB, MP3s of the Rhythm Changes exercises including backing track, and a Band in a Box file of the same.

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