Description of the Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

The Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale is similar to the Dominant 7th Bebop Scale, the Minor 7th Bebop Scale and the Major 7th Bebop Scale in that it is an eighth-note scale with a passing tone.

In this case it is built by adding a note between the b7 and the root fo the 5th mode of the Harmonic Minor Scale.

The interval structure is: Root – Major 2nd – Minor 3rd – Perfect 4th – Perfect 5th – Minor 6th – Minor 7th – Major 7th – Root

And in the Key of C the notes are: C – D – Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – B – C

Because this scale is built off the Harmonic Minor Scake, it can be used to improvise over the iim7b5 and V7alt chords of a iim7b5-V7alt-im7 progression.

We tend to spend more time practicing our major key progressions, having a good grasp of this scale can go a long way in bringing our minor key soloing up to the same level.


Tips for Practicing the Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

When practicing this scale, you can set up a iim7b5-V7alt-im7 vamp, and use this scale to improvise over the iim7b5 and V7alt chords.

Start from the the root of the V7alt chord over both.

So, if you are improvising over a Dm7b5-G7alt progression, you would play the G Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale over both of those chords.

Then, when you get to the im7 chord, you could improvise using the Minor Bebop Scale, training your ears and fingers to mix these two sounds together.


Harmonic Minor Bebop Scales in all 12 Keys

C Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

C Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

C Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


G Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

G Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

G Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


D Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

D Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

D Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


A Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

A Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

A Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


E Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

E Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

E Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


B Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

B Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

B Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


F# Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

F# Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

F# Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


C# Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

C# Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

C# Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


Ab Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

Ab Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

Ab Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


Eb Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

Eb Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

Eb Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


Bb Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

Bb Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

Bb Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


F Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

F Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

F Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale


 

2 Responses to Harmonic Minor Bebop Scale

  1. Chris Martin says:

    By the way you are claiming that the interval for bebop harmonic minor scale is root-minor 2nd-major 3rd, but in the key of C, Eb is a minor 3rd my friend, could be a typo but it needs to be sorted

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