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i've been trying to teach myself some jazz theory, but i can't figure out what scales to use to make licks or melodies. like, i know the modes, bebop scale, and all that stuff, i just don't know how to use them. like how do i know what scale to use to write a melody? do i use a different scale depending on the chord? i'm new to this so any help would be appreciated.
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In jazz you change scales over chords alot, so whatever the chord is, try different scales in that key.
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Harmonic Minor is a very nice jazz/gypsy scale.
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Join date: Aug 2006
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For now stick with the major scale.

You said yourself: you know the scales, but not how to use them. That is the important part in sounding like jazz. The most effective way to do this (as in, sticks best) is to transcribe the master boppers' (start with Charlie Parker) solos and figure out why they chose the notes they did.
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If you want to play over chords, start by learning the arpeggios of each chord, then find scales that have those chord tones in them. the important thing is the chord tones, the tones inbetween those are basically up to you.
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