Phrygian Dominant Guitar

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Scale Tab, Diagrams & Information

This page contains Phrygian dominant guitar diagrams & TAB.

The Phrygian dominant scale produces a unique ‘Eastern’ sound. It is formed either by raising the third note of a Phrygian modal scale, or by playing the fifth mode of a harmonic minor scale.

Hear the unique sound of the Phrygian dominant scale by playing the tab below:

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Tab

Phrygian Dominant Tab

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The tab shows a 2 octave C Phrygian dominant scale. It uses the notes shown in Fretboard Diagram 1 (shown below) and starts at the 8th fret.

Tab for an E Phrygian dominant scale is provided further down the page.

The Phrygian dominant scale is also known as the Freygish scale (particularly when used in Hebrew music), the Spanish Phrygian (or just Spanish) scale, or the major phrygian scale. It is very widely used in Middle Eastern music, and in flamenco.

Recently, rock guitarists have adopted the scale, and it is frequently used in heavy metal solos when the guitarist wants an Eastern sound.

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Diagrams

Use the diagrams below to play the phrygian dominant scale on guitar.

Diagram 1

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Diagram 1

Diagram 2

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Shape

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Shape 2

Diagram 3

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Fretboard Diagram

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Fretboard Diagram 3

Diagram 4

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Scale Shape

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Scale Shape 4

Diagram 5

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Diagram

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Diagram 5

Phrygian Dominant Guitar Tab

Below is the guitar Tab for an E phrygian dominant scale.

phrygian dominant tab

Phrygian Dominant Tab

Phrygian Dominant Scale Theory

The notes in an E Phrygian dominant scale are:

E, F, G#, A, B, C, D, E

The scale can be formed by playing the fifth mode of a harmonic minor scale.

If you start any of the harmonic minor scale shapes on the fifth note of the scale, you’ll be playing a phrygian dominant scale.

For example, by starting a C harmonic minor scale on the fifth note (G), you would be playing a G Phrygian dominant scale.

Changing a Phrygian Modal Scale to Create a Phrygian Dominant Scale

The phrygian dominant scale can also be formed by raising the third degree of a standard phrygian modal scale. See this article for shapes: Phrygian Scale Guitar.

By playing an E Phrygian scale with a raised third note (i.e. a G# rather than a G), you’ll be playing an E Phrygian dominant scale.

Conclusion

The Phrygian dominant scale is a great scale to learn. You’ll be able to make many other guitarist’s jaws drop when they hear its cool, Eastern sounds. Give it a try the next time you take a solo!

You’ve Learned The Scales … Now Use Them!

The Phrygian dominant scale is one of those featured in Guitar Command’s specially produced Guitar Scales Backing Tracks album. Practise improvising with this and other common guitar scales over specially recorded jam tracks. Listen to sample tracks here: Guitar Scales Backing Tracks.

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