B PHRYGIAN MODE

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

B – C – D – E – F# – G – A

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

Parallel Approach:

B major has the following notes:

B – C# – D# – E – 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:

B – C – D – E – F# – G – A

Derivative Approach:

A is the 3rd note of the G major scale:

G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

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

B – C – D – E – F# – G – A

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

B Phrygian Mode Open Position Frets

B Phrygian Mode Open Position Notes

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

B Phrygian Mode 2nd Position Frets

B Phrygian Mode 2nd Position Notes

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

B Phrygian Mode 3rd Position Frets

B Phrygian Mode 3rd Position Notes

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

B Phrygian Mode 7th Position Frets

B Phrygian Mode 7th Position Notes

Now let’s look at B phrygian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

B Phrygian Mode 8th Position Frets

B Phrygian Mode 8th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at B phrygian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

B Phrygian Mode 11th Position Frets

B Phrygian Mode 11th Position Notes

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

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

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