As I have mentioned previously, the Bebop scale is basically a Mixolydian mode with an extra added "natural" 7th. In the case of C7, that would be: C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb, B, C. Of course when soloing, that extra note sounds more effective descending than ascending. Now the Bebop or Mixolydian modes usually match up with a Dominant, or V7 chord. But a trick used by many players (such as Pat Martino) is to also use the bebop scale over the related IImin7 and VII half-diminished.

If our V7 were C7, then the II is Gmin7 and the VII is Emin7(b5). If you consider F Major the tonic, you will see this relationship.

So with that in mind, it should be effective to use a C Bebop scale over C7, Gmin7 or Emin7(b5).

Try the Bebop licks below over all three of those chords. If you like what you hear, be sure to learn them in all keys. Have Fun!!

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