Phrygian

Intro

Phrygian - Intro

Learn how to play the Phrygian mode!

Find the Phrygian Intro below.

Em shape

Phrygian Em shape

Learn how to play the Em shaped Phrygian mode!

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Am shape

Phrygian Am shape

Learn how to play the Am shaped Phrygian mode!

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Dm shape

Phrygian Dm shape

Learn how to play the Dm shaped Phrygian mode!

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Gm shape

Phrygian Gm shape

Learn how to play the Gm shaped Phrygian mode!

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Cm shape

Phrygian Cm shape

Learn how to play the Cm shaped Phrygian mode!

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Connect Shapes

Connect Phrygian Shapes

Learn how to Connect all Phrygian shapes!

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Cycle Of 4ths

Phrygian Cycle Of 4ths

Run the Phrygian mode through the Cycle Of 4ths

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Improvisation

Phrygian Improvisation

Learn how to improvise with the Phrygian mode!

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The Phrygian mode belongs to the III chord!

Phrygian is probably the easiest mode to recognize, its semitone interval between:

Root – b2nd and the 5th – b6th, gives it a flavor that lends itself well to fast and aggressive playing.

Should you play Phrygian with a lot of distortion and play it very quickly you would fit well into the heavy metal scene.

On a nylon strung guitar you would enter the wonderful world of Flamenco music.

The scale formula for Phrygian is as usual achieved by adding notes to the minor pentatonic:

Minor Pentatonic:
1
m3
4
5
b7
Phrygian:
b2
b6

Character: Phrygian is often referred to as having a Spanish and/or dark sound

Soloing: Use Phrygian when you play “Spanish sounding” influenced solos or whenever you play over the III chord.

Practice The Phrygian mode like this:

  1. Chord shape
  2. Minor Pentatonic
  3. add b2nd
  4. Minor Pentatonic
  5. add b6th
  6. Minor Pentatonic
  7. Phrygian
  8. Chord shape

Always use a metronome, always push BPM!

To see the Phrygian mode move around the guitar neck in different keys and shapes, use Chordacus.

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