The dominant bebop scale is an 8 note scale consisting of the same intervals as the Major scale, but also including the minor 7th interval.
Since this scale contains all the notes of the Major scale, it can create a wide variety of sounds that you are already familiar with, and the extra interval can be used to take it up a notch.
For the key of B♭ Dominant bebop, the notes are:
As a useful reference, we are going to note all the interval options from each scale tone so we know which options we have when creating either arpeggio shapes, or extended chord shapes to perform in the background.
|B♭||Maj 2||Maj 3||Per 4||Per 5||Maj 6||min 7||Maj 7|
|C||Maj 2||min 3||Per 4||Per 5||min 6||Maj 6||min 7|
|D||min 2||min 3||Per 4||Aug 4||Per 5||min 6||min 7|
|E♭||Maj 2||Maj 3||Per 4||Aug 4||Per 5||Maj 6||Maj 7|
|F||Maj 2||min 3||Maj 3||Per 4||Per 5||Maj 6||min 7|
|G||min 2||Maj 2||min 3||Per 4||Per 5||min 6||min 7|
|A♭||min 2||Maj 2||Maj 3||Aug 4||Per 5||Maj 6||Maj 7|
|A||min 2||min 3||Per 4||Dim 5||min 6||min 7||Maj 7|
Now the last thing we need for preparation is a handy reference of notes giving us the appropriate triads and 7th notes for each scale tone. This isn’t essential, but it can really help when crafting your progressions together!
|B♭ Major 7||B♭||D||F||A|
|C minor 7||C||E♭||G||B♭|
|D minor 7||D||F||A||C|
|E♭ Major 7||E♭||G||B||D|
|F minor 7||F||A♭||C||E♭|
|G minor 7||G||B♭||D||F|
|A♭ Major 7||A♭||C||E♭||G|
|A minor 7||A||C||E||G|
We can use these at first to warm up with some simpler arpeggio shapes, before adding complexity with other varying extensions that fit in the scale.
Starting our lesson off, we are going to perform this descending 3 string pattern built arpeggio sequence.
It’s easy to perform and shouldn’t take much practice, yet it still sounds like a real nice backing section.
This example is similar to the last with the 3 string pattern, however this one is mostly ascending and has a few nice changes to the patterns you are performing mid-way through the bar.
This example makes use of common 4 string 7th arpeggio patterns, both ascending and descending. These shapes are essential to know for all guitarists!
Similar to the prior exercise, however we have made use of some of the other extension possibilities that fit within the scale. This adds a little more character to each pattern.
This progression however simply works it’s way up the scale tones instead of in a random pattern.
Now we are going to perform a nice lead melody line, with arpeggio shapes found throughout, instead of only performing arpeggio after arpeggio.
This piece is slow tempo and has a simple to follow groove, but some of the shapes are not as common, and may take a bit of practice for your fingers to feel comfortable to play,
This example has some sweet far stretched shapes to help you practice spreading your fingers! There is a lot of room for you to work around this example if you wish to try expanding upon it yourself.
The ending chords were placed for a bit of a dramatic finish, but is quite challenging to play, especially for a beginner. You can perform this as single notes instead if you would prefer 🙂
This exercise is pretty straight forward, yet holds some interesting patterns throughout. It may be worth practising bar by bar as some hand movement is required to ensure you are getting smooth fingering.
This exercise has a more unique groove to it, with some distinct arpeggio shapes to be found within the melodic line.
This example is a little trickier then the previous examples, but can be used as a really cool template for you to build around. The rhythm is unique, the patterns are distinctive and overall it flows quite well.
Just make sure you pay attention to which fingers you are using for each note and try to find the most efficient way of performing this example!
The final exercise of the week is this beautiful chord-melody progression with a classical guitar feel. The chord voicing’s have been separated from the melody so you can practice them individually, however you should not have much difficulty in performing them together. The melody for each bar works it’s way towards the leading tone of the chord voicing, so your hand is already in position.
That’s all for this lesson, we hope you enjoyed learning with MeYou 🙂
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