THE MODES (PART 1)
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Dorian Mode

Our third mode is the Phrygian mode, which is built from the 3rd degree of the major scale. This is another minor mode as it is built based on the 3rd degree, which harmonises to minor. Just as with all the modes, it's important to get an idea of the sound of them, and this one os pretty dark!

Summary: Phrygian Mode

The Phrygian mode is based on the third degree of the major scale and is a minor sounding mode. This is because it is built from the third degree of the scale, which harmonises to a minor chord. The E Phrygian is as follows:

Formula: Phrygian Formula

Another way to work out the Phrygian mode, and what we consider to be the best way to do it, is to learn the formula. The formula for this scale is:

Phrygian Mode: 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 8

In Practice: Dorian Scale

To help you put this into practice, here is a common shape for the E Phrygian scale. Notice that these are the exact same notes as in C major, just starting and ending on E.

Ready to move on? Remember to check out every lesson in this unit first – then try the next unit...

Lydian Mode

Our final mode of this course is the Lydian mode. This mode is based upon the 4th degree, which is harmonised to a major chord. Once you have this mode learnt in both formats shown by Dan, it is time to go back and recap all the modes so far. Once you've done that, you can move onto Part 2 of the modal course.