The Phrygian modal scale is based on the third degree of the major scale. (To see how modal scales are formed, see this post: Guitar Modes)
The Phrygian mode, whilst not as commonly used in improvisation as the Dorian and Mixolydian modes, nevertheless has its own distinctive sound, and is gaining popularity particularly in rock guitar soloing.
Phrygian Scale Guitar Diagram
2 Octave Phrygian Scale Guitar Diagram
The above diagram shows perhaps the most commonly used way of playing a Phrygian modal scale on the guitar.
E Phrygian Scale
To play an E phrygian scale, play the above shape at the twelfth fret. See below for tab and notation.
Phrygian Scale Tab
E Phrygian scale Tab
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Guitar Modes Backing Tracks
This is a guitar lesson on improvisation with the Dorian scale.
You’ll find one way of playing the Dorian scale further down the page, but jf you don’t know what the Dorian scale is, or if you want to know how to play it in other fretboard positions, you can find out here: Dorian Scale Guitar. Continue reading
On this page you’ll find major scale guitar TAB, notation and fretboard diagrams. The major scale is one of the most commonly used scales in lead guitar playing. Along with the pentatonic scale, it is one of the first scales a guitarist will learn.
Here you’ll learn how to play the major scale in every key, using moveable fretboard diagrams. You’ll also find tab for playing a C major scale in 1 and 2 octaves.
At the bottom of the page you’ll also find how each major scale shape can also be used to play 6 other scales! Continue reading
A pentatonic scale guitar shape* is one of the first things a beginner guitarist will learn.
Pentatonic scales consist of five notes (hence the name). Pentatonic scales are used in blues, rock and jazz guitar improvisation.
*Rather than learning the actual notes of a scale, guitarists often learn scales in ‘shapes’ that can be moved up and down the fretboard. The shapes stay the same, but the notes change depending on where the hand is positioned.
There are actually two pentatonic scales: the minor pentatonic, and the major pentatonic. This page shows you how to play both types.
On this page you’ll find out how to play pentatonic scales with any root note, using transposable fretboard diagrams. The scales are also shown in tab and notation.
Once you’ve mastered pentatonic scales, use them to improvise your own guitar solo using the backing track provided.