Wheat's BassBook: A Comprehensive Method & Resource for the Electric Bass Guitar

Exotic Scales

The major and minor scale and the modes cover a lot of musical ground, but here are some other scales that you might find usefull. Assume the root in all of these examples is C.
Whole tone scales
Formula: R, 2, 3, #4, #5, b7
Chords: C+, C+7
|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|b7-|---|-R-|---|
|-3-|---|#4-|---|#5-|
|---|-R-|---|-2-|---|
Lydian Dominant
Formula: R, 2, 3, #4, 5, 6, b7 (Lydian w/ a flat seven)
Chords C7
|---|---|---|---|
|-6-|b7-|---|-R-|
|-3-|---|#4-|-5-|
|---|-R-|---|-2-|
Harmonic Minor
Formula: R, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, 7 (Aeolian with a natural seventh degree)
Chords: Cm, Cm7
|---|---|---|---|
|---|-7-|-R-|---|
|-4-|---|-5-|b6-|
|-R-|---|-2-|b3-|
Jazz Melodic Minor
Formula: R, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Ionian mode w/ a flat third)
Cm7, CmM7
|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|-7-|-R-|---|---|
|-4-|---|-5-|---|-6-|
|-R-|---|-2-|b3-|---|
Bebop Major
Formula: R, 2, 3, 4, 5, b6, 6, 7
Chords: Cmaj7, C7
|---|---|---|---|---|
|-6-|---|-7-|-R-|---|
|-3-|-4-|---|-5-|b6-|
|---|-R-|---|-2-|---|
Bebop Minor
Formula: R, 2, b3, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7
Chords: Cm7
|---|---|---|---|---|
|-6-|b7-|---|-R-|---|
|-3-|-4-|---|-5-|---|
|---|-R-|---|-2-|b3-|
Bebop Dominant
Formula: R, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7, 7, R (Mixolydian with an added natural seven)
Chords: C7
|---|---|---|---|
|-6-|b7-|-7-|-R-|
|-3-|-4-|---|-5-|
|---|-R-|---|-2-|
Half-Whole Diminished (a.k.a. Octotonic)
Formula: R, b2, b3, 3, b5, 5, 6, b7
Chords: C13b9, C13#9
|---|---|---|---|---|
|-6-|b7-|---|-R-|---|
|-3-|---|b5-|-5-|---|
|---|-R-|b2-|---|b3-|
Whole-Half Diminished (a.k.a. Diminshed)
Formula: R, 2, b3, 4, b5, b6, 6, 7
Chords: Cdim7 (C, Eb, Gb, Bbb)
|---|---|---|---|---|
|-6-|---|-7-|-R-|---|
|---|-4-|b5-|---|b6-|
|---|-R-|---|-2-|b3-|
Altered Scale (a.k.a. Dimished Whole-Tone)
Formula: R, b2, b3, 3, b5, b6, b7
Chords: C7, C7alt, C7#5#9, C7#9
|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|b7-|---|-R-|---|
|-3-|---|b5-|-5-|b6-|
|---|-R-|b2-|---|b3-|
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