E SHARP PHRYGIAN MODE

‘E sharp phrygian’ is the 3rd mode of the C sharp 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 sharp Major has the following notes:

E# – Fx – Gx – A# – B# – Cx – Dx

If we ‘flatten’ the 2nd note (Fx), the 3rd note (Gx), the 6th note (Cx) and the 7th note (Dx) 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:

As there are no notes in E# phrygian that can be played on the open strings (with standard tuning) there is no ‘open position’.

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

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

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

E Sharp Phrygian Mode 2nd Position Frets
E Sharp Phrygian Mode 2nd Position Notes

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

E Sharp Phrygian Mode 5th Position Frets
E Sharp Phrygian Mode 5th Position Notes

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

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

Finally, let’s look at E# phrygian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

E Sharp Phrygian Mode 9th Position Frets
E Sharp Phrygian Mode 9th 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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