Phrygian Dominant (lesson)

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Also called the Phrygian Natural 3rd, The Phrygian Dominant is mode V of the Harmonic minor scale. It is so named because it looks like a regular Phrygian mode scale with a raised or natural 3rd (Since the phyrgian actually has a flattened 3rd). The term dominant is used because like Phrygian mode, this scale has a flattened 7th.

The Phrygian dominant is used occasionally by Jimmy Page, and is purportedly Joe Satriani's favorite scale, the large 3 semitone interval between the 2nd and 3rd giving an unusual sound.

Number of tones : 7

Intervals : 1,3,1,2,1,2,2

Formula : 1,b2,3,4,5,b6,b7

Characteristic Chords : Augmented, 7, Augmented 7, 7b9

Also Known As: Major Phrygian, Jewish Scale, Gypsy Scale

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