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    Bebop Scales and Jazz Soloing

    by Simon James




    The Jazz Bebop scale is probably the most important scale to learn when studying jazz guitar. Bebop scales are derived from modes of the Major, the Harmonic Minor and the Melodic Minor scales.

    These scales were first made popular in Jazz improvisation by artists from the Bebop Era, such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Famous guitarists who went on to incorporate the Bebop style include Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery.

    There are four types of Bebop scale, the Bebop Dorian, Bebop Ionian, the Bebop Dominant and the Altered Bebop and with the chromatic notes that feature in all of them they have an unmistakably jazzy feel.

    If you are learning Bebop scales for the first time it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the Major Scale and the Harmonic Minor so that you understand all of the concepts associated with Bebop scales.



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    1. Useful Bebop Solos and Phrases

    2. Using Altered Scales in Jazz Blues Progressions

    3. Introduction to Jazz Blues

    4. Introduction to Symmetrical Scales