E PHRYGIAN MODE

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

E – F – G – A – B – C – D

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

Parallel Approach:

E Major has the following notes:

E – F# – G# – A – B – 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:

E – F – G – A – B – C – D

Derivative Approach:

E is the 3rd note of the C major scale:

C – D – E – F – G – A – B

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

E – F – G – A – B – C – D

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

E Phrygian Mode Open Position Frets
E Phrygian Mode Open Position Notes

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

E Phrygian Mode 1st Position Frets
E Phrygian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at E phrygian in the 4th position (lowest fret is 4)

E Phrygian Mode 4th Position Frets
E Phrygian Mode 4th Position Notes

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

E Phrygian Mode 7th Position Frets
E Phrygian Mode 7th Position Notes

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

E Phrygian Mode 8th Position Frets
E Phrygian Mode 8th Position Notes

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

E Phrygian Mode 12th Position Frets
E Phrygian Mode 12th Position Notes

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

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

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