A PHRYGIAN MODE

‘A Phrygian’ is the 3rd mode of the F major scale. The notes in A Phrygian are:

A – Bb – C – D – E – F – G

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 A Phrygian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

A Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard has the following notes:
A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G#

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

A – Bb – C – D – E – F – G

Derivative Approach:

A is the 3rd note of the F major scale:
F – G – A – Bb – C – D – E

If we play an F major scale and start on the 3rd note we get the following:
A – Bb – C – D – E – F – G

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

A Phrygian Mode Open Position Frets

A Phrygian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at A phrygian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

A Phrygian Mode 1st Position Frets

A Phrygian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at A phrygian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

A Phrygian Mode 5th Position Frets

A Phrygian Mode 5th Position Notes

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

A Phrygian Mode 6th Position Frets

A Phrygian Mode 6th Position Notes

Now let’s look at A phrygian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

A Phrygian Mode 9th Position Frets

A Phrygian Mode 9th Position Notes

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

A Phrygian Mode 12th Position Frets

A Phrygian Mode 12th Position Notes

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

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

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