Phrygian Dominant

Intro

Phrygian Dominant Intro

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Em shape

Phrygian Dominant E(m) shape

Learn the E(m) shaped Phrygian Dominant mode!

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Am shape

Phrygian Dominant A(m) shape

Learn the A(m) shaped Phrygian Dominant mode!

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Dm shape

Phrygian Dominant D(m) shape

Learn the D(m) shaped Phrygian Dominant mode!

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Gm shape

Phrygian Dominant G(m) shape

Learn the G(m) shaped Phrygian Dominant mode!

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Cm shape

Phrygian Dominant C(m) shape

Learn the C(m) shaped Phrygian Dominant mode!

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Connect Shapes

Connect PD Shapes

Learn how to Connect all PD shapes!

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Cycle Of 4ths

PD Cycle Of 4ths

Run the PD mode through the Cycle Of 4ths!

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Improvisation

Phrygian Dominant Improvisation

Learn how to improvise with the PD mode!

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The Phrygian Dominant mode belongs to chord IIIx

Phrygian Dominant is a modified Phrygian scale.

It is the most common mode in popular music that isn’t directly linked to the major scale.

Use Phrygian Dominant whenever you want an “aggressive” or “Spanish” sounding major scale or whenever you play over the IIIx chord.

Even though PD is a major scale, the similarity to Phrygian makes it easier to learn as if it comes from a minor pentatonic shape.

PD is also used when Phrygian has been replaced, so this approach makes more musical sense than building it from a major scale shape.

Phrygian:
1
b2
m3
4
5
b6
b7
Phrygian Dominant:
1
b2
34
5
b6
b7

Character: Phrygian Dominant has a pulling effect towards a minor chord a 4th up (IIIx to VI)

Soloing: Use Phrygian Dominant whenever you play over the IIIx chord.

Practice the PD scale as a variation of Phrygian:

  1. Minor Chord
  2. Phrygian
  3. Phrygian Dominant
  4. Major Chord

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

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