Is there a definition for the Bebop scale? Like I know harmonic minor is like sharping the 7th note of the minor scale. Is there some kind of rule like this for bebop?
Major Bebop = 1,2,3,4,5,b6,6,7
Minor Bebop = 1,2,b3,3,4,5,6,b7
Dominant Bebop = 1,2,3,4,5,6,b7,7
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What navonski said is correct, there are three different types of bebop scale. All of them contain one added note so that the scale is symmetrical.
Think of it like the b5 in the Blues scale.
The Blues scale is just a minor pentatonic with a b5 to help you swing

Kind of like Blackdog..the minor bebop fits right into it.
Last edited by Ordinary at May 19, 2008,
Quote by confusius
Helps you swing better because the chord tones are on the downbeats...

^This is the most effective definition.

To use bebop scales properly, you have to understand the intent. Think of them as descending 7th arpeggios with "scale tones" added between the notes. So in the most common case, a _7 chord:


E D B G# E (descending arpeggio. Play this as quarter notes)

now, you play eighth notes: but you want to keep your chord tones on the strong beats. So

E (D#) D (C#) B (A) G# (F#) E

the same is frequently done with a m6 chord for the ii

Em6 (E C# B G E)

E (D) C# (C) B (A) G (F#) E

So I don't consider the bebop scales as scales because they aren't used as pitch collections to create harmony. They are a very useful melodic tool, however, and of course are very important for getting the bebop sound.