Phrygian Dominant Intro
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- Em shape
Phrygian Dominant E(m) shape
Go to PD E(m) shape.
- Am shape
Phrygian Dominant A(m) shape
Go to PD A(m) shape.
- Dm shape
Phrygian Dominant D(m) shape
Go to PD D(m) shape.
- Gm shape
Phrygian Dominant G(m) shape
Go to PD G(m) shape.
- Cm shape
Phrygian Dominant C(m) shape
Go to PD C(m) shape.
- Connect Shapes
Connect PD Shapes
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- Cycle Of 4ths
PD Cycle Of 4ths
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Phrygian Dominant Improvisation
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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.
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:
- Minor Chord
- Phrygian Dominant
- Major Chord
To see the Phrygian Dominant mode move around the guitar neck in different keys and shapes, use Chordacus.