Course

The Bebop Scales

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13 Lessons

“Playing scales is like a boxer skipping rope or punching a bag. It’s not the thing in itself, it’s preparatory to the activity.” Barney Kessel

In this section, I will show you how to incorporate bebop scales in your jazz improvisation. The bebop scale stems from the bebop language invented by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and other legendary jazz musicians from the early to mid-1940’s. 

Dr. Barry Harris has further developed the concept of bebop scales and taught them on a worldwide basis in his improvisation classes for half a century.

Recommended Listening:

Man Bites Harmonica, Toots Thielemans, Riverside Records, 1958

Live at Massey Hall, Charlie Parker, Original Jazz Classics, 1953

Jazz Contrasts, Kenny Dorham, Riverside Records, 1957

Merci Toots, Yvonnick Prene, 2015

In This Course You’re Going to Learn:

  • The major, minor and dominant bebop scales
  • A couple of licks using the bebop scales
  • How to practice each scale 
  • Arpeggios exercises
  • And a lot more...

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