Lesson Plan


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The Phrygian mode belongs to the set of scales called the Major Modes. The Major Modes consist of seven scales derived from and using the same notes as one parent Major scale, but starting and ending on each of the different degrees of that parent scale. Phrygian is the 3rd Mode of the Major scale, so it starts and ends on the 3rd degree of its parent scale. Phrygian has a dark, sinister sound, and a great time to use it is over a sus(b9) chord, which is a suspended 4th chord with the addition of a flatted 9th. Like Dorian, Phrygian is only one note different from natural minor. We’ll learn the right and left hand Phrygian mode fingerings in all twelve keys.