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Blues And Rock Scale Options

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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OK - On with a list of other options that are frequently employed. Each scale must be experimented with to discover it's tension and release tones and what tones are used in passing. A passing tone is a note that is used to color the progression without emphasizing it. To emphasize a tone means to linger on it, play it on a strong beat (1 and 3), or accenting it rhythmically. Usually passing tones are played on the offbeats (ands) but sometimes end up on a strong beat to create tension. Your ear is the final judge.

The next scale we will cover is called the Bebop Dominant or Bebop 7th Scale. It is widely used in jazz. It is identical to the Mixo mode with a natural 7th added. This natural 7th (G# in the key of A Blues) is a passing tone.

A Bebop Dom
A Bebop Dom


Try to play A Bebop Dom over the A7 chord and D Bebop Dom over the D7 chord.

D Bebop Dom
D Bebop Dom