Description of the Dominant 7th Bebop Scale
The Dominant Bebop Scale is one of the most commonly used and important scales in a jazz musician’s bag of tricks.
The scale is built by taking the Mixolydian scale, the 5th mode of the major scale, and adding in a passing note between the b7 and the Root to produce an eight-note scale.
The interval structure is: Root 1 – Major 2nd – Major 3rd – Perfect 4rt – Perfect 5th– Major 6th – Minor 7th – Major 7th – Root 1
And in the Key of C the notes are: C – D – E – F – G – A – Bb – B – C
When applying this scale or licks derived from this scale, you can use it to improvise over a dominant 7th chord, such as any 7th chord in a Blues progression.
Dominant 7th chords are found in many tunes in the jazz repertoire and some would say the 7th chord is the foundation of the traditional jazz sound.
So, learning the Dominant Bebop Scale will provide and essential improvisation tool for any jazz musician.
Dominant 7th Bebop Scales in all 12 Keys
C7 Bebop Scale
G7 Bebop Scale
D7 Bebop Scale
A7 Bebop Scale
E7 Bebop Scale
B7 Bebop Scale
F#7 Bebop Scale
C#7 Bebop Scale
Ab7 Bebop Scale
Eb7 Bebop Scale
Bb7 Bebop Scale
F7 Bebop Scale
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