Major Bebop Scale Piano Reference With Notes & Intervals

    🎹 The major bebop scale, also called the major sixth diminished scale, is an 8-note scale used mainly for jazz soloing and improvisation. Based on the major scale, the major bebop scale adds a passing tone between the 5th and 6th degrees of the major scale.

    Here you'll find an interactive piano reference for the major bebop scale with notes on the piano keyboard, intervals and scale formula.

    See also the minor bebop scale.

    Major Bebop Scale Intervals

    The intervals of the major bebop scale are:


      Major Bebop Scale Formula

      The formula for the major bebop scale is: W, W, h, W, h, h, W, h

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      W: Whole step, h: Half step (semitone)


      Major Bebop Scales Note Chart

      C
      C♯
      D
      D♯
      E
      F
      F♯
      G
      G♯
      A
      A♯
      B

      And now here are interactive piano keyboard layouts, one for each key, where you can hear the major bebop scales being played up and down:

      C Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      C♯ Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      D Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      D♯ Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      E Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      F Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      F♯ Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      G Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      G♯ Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      A Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      A♯ Major Bebop Scale

      notes:

      B Major Bebop Scale

      notes:


      Major Bebop Scale Chords

      Here's a list of chord types that fit the major bebop scale:



        piano samples

        The piano samples used for this major bebop scale reference are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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