JRS Survival Guitar Lesson 12: Phrygian Mode

The third Mode to learn is the Phrygian Mode.

Click on Phrygian Mode to hear a midi file example. Note that this E Phrygian Mode is played with a E note in the background. Listen how the Mode sounds over this sustained note. This becomes important later, as I teach you to play modally. Hang in there!

The Phrygian Mode is shown here, arranged to cover two octaves on the guitar. To play this mode in the key of C (like you did in lesson 10), start the first note of the mode on the 12th fret.

The Phrygian Mode is created from notes of the Major Scale. Specificaly, Phrygian Mode uses the notes of the Major Scale, starting on the third note of the Major Scale. Example: If you have a C Major Scale (which contains the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C), to create a Phrygian Mode you would start on the third note (E). So, your new E Phrygian Mode would consist of the notes E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E.

This mode can sound very Exotic when played over certain chords. More on that when we learn to play modally. For now, practice, practice, practice!

 


 

 

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