Learn how to play in any harmonic situation and create long, fluid lines with this concept of applying the Dom7 Be-bop Scale with a group of chord substitutions called “The Family of 4”

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Class Content

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Bebop Flow: Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4 01:22:00
MMC Study Suggestion by Az 00:00:00
1: Intro 00:01:23
2. Just Friends – Intro Solo 00:02:50
3. What is the Flow? Dominant 7 Bebop Scale Example 00:03:44
4. F7 Bebop Scale Fingerings From All Chord Tones (3 and 2 octaves) 00:02:03
5. How to Use The Flow 00:00:29
6. The Micro-Cosmic Bebop Line – Intro 00:02:08
7. The Micro-Cosmic Bebop Line – The Line 00:00:38
8. The Micro-Cosmic Bebop Line – Analysis 00:01:58
9. The Family of 4 – Intro 00:01:04
10. The James Brown Chord and Pluralities 00:02:22
11. Am7b5 and Cm6 00:02:30
12. The Bebop Scales 00:04:38
13. Nice Fingerings for Ebmaj7 and Am7b5 Arpeggios 00:00:50
14. How to get a Lydian Sound 00:01:01
15. The Flow on Vamps 00:01:01
16. Major II-Vs 00:00:41
17. Minor II-Vs and The Altered Sound 00:02:59
18. Learning to Hear on Major and Minor II-Vs 00:02:45
19. Learning to Hear over Major7 00:01:23
20. II-7 V7 with Dom7 Bebop 00:04:34
21. Minor II V with Dom7 Bebop 00:01:52
22. Family of 4 Bebop Lines 00:07:06
23. All The Possible Sounds – F7 Cmin7 Ebmaj7 Cmin7 F7 Amin7 D7b9 00:03:21
24. Improvised Solo Example 00:02:54
25. Just Friends Ala Bebop – Explanation 00:06:52
26. Just Friends Ala Bebop – Solo Example and Thoughts 00:04:17
27. Substitute II-Vs 00:03:10
28. Light and Dark on C7 00:04:03
29. Just Friends (Slower Tempo) 00:03:34
30. Just Friends – Improvised Outro Solo 00:02:09

Course Reviews


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  1. Baileys Bebop flow


    I found this course to be very insightful. The family of 4 concept is great and provides the player multiple melodic options. Sheryl’s 8 Bebop lines are very cool and I’m having fun working them into Just Friends. So glad I took this course.

  2. Very Well presented, really useful information


    Great foundation for anyone who wants to learn more about bebop guitar playing. Sheryl does a great job teaching this and there are excellent examples in the pdfs. To me the stuff at the end about using tritone subs in your bebop lines could probably be a separate course all by itself (since learning how to get the tension and resolution right would be so important) but that’s just a suggestion, not a complaint.

  3. Useful, clear and precise


    This is a course that I’ve gone through several times over the years. I’ve actually also attended Sheryl’s live workshop on the topic when I was living in California which was amazing.

    Experiencing it again now, I can say that this video is a real gem for those interested in getting the “flow”. Sheryl Bailey shares her approach to practicing and developing strong sounding bebop lines and gives specific examples to demonstrate the concept. This is a lesson from a real performer so it’s real practical application rather than just theory! Some bebop lessons that I’ve encountered at times tend to be dry and removed from the melodic flow and intensity of the real music.

    The best part for me is the accompanying PDF files that she uses as the basis for the demonstrations. It really helps me to study the ideas, pausing the video after she plays the examples so I can digest the sound and the fingerings for the lines. Sheryl refers to the handouts and this is helpful in pacing as well as creating a clear format for the class.

    For anyone interested in developing bebop chops, this is a good investment to help develop your skills.

  4. Big Thumbs up!


    Just wanted to add my voice to all the positive reviews of this lesson with Sheryl. This topic is something she has touched on over at Truefire, but the sum of the whole lesson is of great value in teaching this idea of ‘Flow’, even if you have seen those snippets. The teaching style, the playing, the pace, are all first rate and I can’t recommend this lesson highly enough.

  5. 5

    This lesson is crucial for everyone who wants to approach and get inside bebop language. Sheryl is an amazing teacher, capable to make all the concept understandable. Reccommended!

  6. 5

    Sheryl lays out the material in a very intelligent & organized manner! Her concept is nothing short of brilliant. It’s easy to understand and implement into one’s playing. Mind you, it does require practice to get the scale & family of four into your fingers & mind. Much easier than learning modes and altered dominat types of scales. Great examples presented through her playing! Video quality is very good – overall, a superb presentation!

    Stephen "Weet"Larcovic

  7. 5

    I just went through this lesson for the first time. I pretty well versed in theory but this put some things together for me. I shall practice and and try to perfect it. Then order another one of your courses very soon.

  8. 5

    I think this is simply the best instructional video I’ve ever seen. Very practical, very clear, sick lines. Sheryl is just an amazing teacher who not only teaches very well but plays smoking lines too. By the end of the video you finally understand the concept of substitions and how to play the bebop scale.
    Get this !

  9. 5

    This video is great for anyone who’s studied some bebop and wishes to expand on that concept and understand the bebop language on a deeper level.

  10. 5

    Another great insight from Sheryl. I have been working with the Bebop scales for awhile and were hit and a lot of miss, but this lesson put’s it all into perspective and now getting some great new sounds in my lines.

  11. 5

    This is a great lesson for anyone who wants to understand the Bebop language with easy and fast. Results are immediately practical.
    Sheryl founded a way to make it really simple and understandable.
    5 chords and just one dominant Bebop scale and you’re ready to go for it.
    Thanks Sheryl you did a great job, we’re waiting for part two.

  12. 5

    Sheryl Bailey, in addition to being an outstanding musician and performer, does a great job of communicating concepts to students. Application of the Micro-cosmic bebop line to the family of 4 plus 1 chords came very easily after taking this lesson. I started working the line into ii-Vs in a bunch of tunes my quartet performs. This is how I run through keys, by pushing myself to use new ideas in tunes. The application to tritone subs was excellent. Great lesson…thanks!

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