B FLAT PHRYGIAN MODE

‘B flat phrygian’ is the 3rd mode of the G flat major scale. The notes in B Flat Phrygian are:

Bb – Cb – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab

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

Parallel Approach:

Bb major scale has the following notes:

Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G – A

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

Bb – Cb – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab

Derivative Approach:

Bb is the 3rd note of the G flat major scale:

Gb – Ab – Bb- Cb – Db – Eb – F

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

Bb – Cb – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

Bb Phrygian Mode Open Position Frets

Bb Phrygian Mode Open Position Notes

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

Bb Phrygian Mode 1st Position Frets

Bb Phrygian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at Bb phrygian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

Bb Phrygian Mode 2nd Position Frets

Bb Phrygian Mode 2nd Position Notes

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

Bb Phrygian Mode 6th Position Frets

Bb Phrygian Mode 6th Position Notes

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

Bb Phrygian Mode 7th Position Frets

Bb Phrygian Mode 7th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at Bb phrygian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

Bb Phrygian Mode 10th Position Frets

Bb Phrygian Mode 10th Position Notes

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

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

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