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 Bebop Phrase 3

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Here are some more commonly used phrases in Bebop.  These are derived from the Bebop Major and Bebop Dominant scales.  If you don't know about bebop scales, study them HERE.  The following examples are for 5 string mandolin.  For 4 string mandolin, omit the notes on the low C string.

 

First the major phrases.  The C Major Bebop scale is seen here.

c bebop major scale

 

In this phrase, we decend the C Major Bebop scale until the third, jump down a diatonic sixth and ascend in diatonic thirds, then begin the scale again.

Major Bebop Phrase 1

 

This phrase forms a pattern around the root, third and fifth of the chord.

Major Bebop phrase 2

 

We can alter the same phrases slightly to fit a dominant chord.  These are based on the Bebop Dominant Scale.  The C Bebop Dominant Scale is shown here.

C Dominant Bebop scale

 

In this phrase, we decend the C Dominant Bebop scale until the third, jump down a diatonic sixth and ascend in diatonic thirds, then begin the scale again.

Bebop Dominant phrase 1a

 

This is the same phrase with a flat 9.  Pianist Red Garlund used this one a LOT.

Bebop Dominant phrase 1b

 

This last phrase forms a pattern around the root, third and fifth of the chord.

Dominant Bebop phrase 2

 

All these are Jazz cliche phrases.  Practice these in all keys and use them in your improvising.  Have fun!!!

 


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