Jazz: Specialty Scales: Altered Dominant Scale

The Altered Dominant Scale is a very colorful alternative to the Mixolydian (Dominant) scale. It is most often paired with a V7alt chord. (By the way, V7alt is often written as V7,#5,#9). Although the chromatic alterations appear complicated on the surface, the scale pattern is quite simple and logical. The scale can be built as follows:

jazz scales altered dominant

Special note about spellings: Should b2 really be spelled as b9? #2 as #9 or b3? b5 as #11? #5 as b13? Who cares? Do not allow theoretical quibbling to distract you from the art of music-making. Instead, become familiar with the sound and mood of this scale, map the notes on your instrument in all keys, and experiment with where and how to apply it in practice.

jazz scales altered dominant

Some advice: Don't get "scale happy"! Scale study, done right, should be a launching pad for further exploration, not a straight-jacket of restrictive rules.