Phrygian Mode

The Phrygian Scale (or mode) is the third of the modal scales. The Phrygian scales are related to the Major scales: E Phrygian correspond to C Major played from the E note, A Phrygian correspond to F Major played from the A note and so on (all relations are listed below). This scale is often used in Spanish, Latin and flamenco music. See also Phrygian Dominant.

The Phrygian Mode is almost similar to the Aeolian Mode. It is easy to see if you, for example, compare A Phrygian (A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G, A) with A Aeolian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A).

C

C Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: C, Db, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C

C# / Db

C# Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: C#, D, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#

D

D Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb, C, D

D# /Eb

D# Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#

E

E Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E

F

F Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F

F# / Gb

F# Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: F#, G, A, B, C#, D, E, F#

G

G Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G

G# / Ab

G# Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: G#, A, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#

A

A Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G, A

A# / Bb

A# Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb

B

B Phrygian scale diagram
Notes: B, C, D, E, F#, G, A, B

Phrygian Scales overview
C: C, Db, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, D, E, F#, G#, A, B, C# / Db, Ebb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bbb, Cb, Db
D: D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb, C, D
D#/Eb: D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D# / Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb
E: E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E
F: F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F
F#/Gb: F#, G, A, B, C#, D, E, F# / Gb, Abb, Bbb, Cb, Db, Ebb, Fb, Gb
G: G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, A, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G# / Ab, Bbb, Cb, Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab
A: A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G, A
A#/Bb: A#, B, C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A# / Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb
B: B, C, D, E, F#, G, A, B

Intervals: 1, b2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7
Semi-notes: 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2
Formula: Half, Whole, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Whole

The Phrygian scales in musical notes are available in the member area.
The scale in all keys can be downloaded as a PDF-file.

Relative keys – Phrygian and Major

The same notes can be found in different Major and Phrygian scales:

If you already know the Major scales, you could play the relative Phrygian by walk three semi-steps up on the keyboard.

The ancient heritage

The Phrygian scale emerged in the ancient Greece together with other scales such as Locrian and Mixolydian. The names were taken from regions or people, the former is true about Phrygian. In the classical age Phrygian melodies was considered merry and amiable.

Phrygian b4

A relevant scale is the Phrygian b4 (flat four). It is an alternate scale which has the intervals 1, b2, b3, b4, 5, b6, b7. An example is C Phrygian b4: C, Db, Eb, Fb, G, Ab, Bb, C.