Scales can be one of the most overwhelming parts of learning jazz improvisation…
Between you and me, it can seem like there’s a scale to learn for every chord, a scale for every progression, and a scale for every day of the week.
However, as you’ve probably realized in the practice room, scales are not always the secret to a great solo.
But what if I told you that there were a few scales that are essential for every serious improviser to know?
Scales with inherent melodic and harmonic devices that can be used in any solo and when practiced correctly, will give you valuable techniques for mastering the jazz language.
I’m talking about the bebop scale. And in today’s post were going to put this scale under the magnifying glass and turn it inside out to show you everything you’ve ever wanted to know.
So if you’ve been stuck wondering how to create long flowing lines in your solo or are frustrated with the same old boring ideas, this one’s for you…
The basic Bebop Scale
I’m guessing you know the bebop scale.
You’ve seen it in books, your teachers have told you to learn it and you probably even know it in a few keys…
So what’s the big deal? Well, the true value of the bebop scale is revealed in it’s potential for creating melodies over chord progressions.
The chromatic movement surrounding the flat 7th of this scale creates a natural melodic motion… Read More