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Bebop Walking Bass

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From the early 1920s, jazz musicians attempted to make their improvised lines flow more smoothly by connecting scales and scale tones through the use of chromatic passing tones. During that period of time such jazz giants as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Wes Montgomery, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus began adding an extra half step to the different scales and the modes derived from it (i.e., dorian mixolydian, and locrian). This technique has the effect of making the scales rhythmically symmetrical when played in eighth notes, as most lines were at the time. For instance, a major scale played in eighth notes with the extra half step added. This material is widely used not only by bass guitarists, but also by double bassists.

Bebop scales is a serious material for improvisations. They are especially good in building WALKING BASS LINES in jazz. You can also see and hear the harmony over which Bebop scale is played. This is who does it well: Jeff Berlin, Richard Bona, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Nathan East, Matthew Garrison, Eddie Gomez, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Anthony Jackson, Alphonso Johnson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Gary Peacock, Miroslav Vitous.

The "Bebop Scales on Bass" is the one app that represent a big number of bebop scales in a very simple and visual way on your iPhone / iPad.

App Features:
● About 360 of different Bass Bebop Scales, which can be easily transposed, resulting in more than 4,000 of total Scales (incl. variations and transposition)!
● Harmonization feature of every Scale: you can listen to the chords, over which given Scales can be played. More information about these chords you can find in our "Bassman" app. This is a common technique used by arrangers to harmonize melodic lines.
● Every Scale is provided with several fingerings, vertical and horizontal, narrow of wide, at your taste! You can switch between these different fingerings inside one Scale by tapping "Variation" button!
● Transpose Scales into any desired key by dragging notes on the screen with your finger!
● Metronome with adjustable tempo and time signature for training
● Cursor can display note names or fingering (selectable)
● Notes can display note names or fingering (selectable)
● Degree indicator. It allows you to examine scale steps in detail. (Degree on/off toggle is located at the bottom of the Settings page)
● Sharp and flat signatures correspond to the current Scale's key
● Fast cycled playback with adjustable tempo (30 - 360 BPM)
● Step by step note playback in both directions for detailed learning of Scales
● Manual note selection by tapping notes on the screen
● Six selectable harmony timbres to choose from
● Stereo Chorus FX for harmony chords at your choice
● Favorites button (a Star) to mark your favorite modes. After, you can access them all from "Favourites" folder in the Scales Picker.
● Master Tune parameter to use with bass guitars with different tunings
● Retina display support
● iPad display support
● iPhone 5 / 6 wide screen support

iOS 4.3 and up compatible

What's New in Version 1.3

● Scale names updated in folders Bebop Locrian, Bebop Locrian Natural 2 and Bebop Dbl Harmonic Major;
● Note sharps and flats system improved.


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Customer Reviews


Great apps with tons of diferents scales and chords

Bebop Walking Bass
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $7.99
  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 20.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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