# E FLAT PHRYGIAN MODE

‘E flat phrygian’ is the 3rd mode of the C flat major scale. The notes in Eb Phrygian are:

Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db

If you have read the post on understanding the phrygian mode, you will know that the phrygian mode contains a ‘flat 2’, a ‘flat 3’, a ‘flat 6’ and a ‘flat 7’ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 3rd mode of a major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct Eb Phrygian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

## Parallel Approach:

Eb Major has the following notes:

Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D

If we ‘flatten’ the 2nd note (F), the 3rd note (G), the 6th note (C) and the 7th note (D) we get the following:

Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db

## Derivative Approach:

Eb is the 3rd note of the C flat major scale:

Cb – Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb

If we play the Cb major scale and start on the 3rd note we get the following:

Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db

Let’s look at the Eb phrygian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

## Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

Now let’s look at Eb phrygian in the 3rd position (lowest fret is 3)

Now let’s look at Eb phrygian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

Now let’s look at Eb phrygian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

Now let’s look at Eb phrygian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

Finally, let’s look at Eb phrygian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of Eb phrygian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the phrygian mode, check out phrygian mode explained.