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Improvise in Phrygian Mode

Introduction

(For more information about building modes, see Understanding Modal Harmony.)

The Phrygian mode is similar to the minor scale, but with a ♭2. A Phrygian vamp will tend to focus on the ♭2 sound. So you'll the I tonic chord (sometimes colored with ♭2), with other chords also supporting the ♭2, for instance ♭IImaj.

The tracks here are focused on learning to improvise in A Phrygian. The ♭2 of the scale is B♭ (instead of the B which would appear normally in A minor.

The three backing tracks presented here offer the chance to improvise in A minor only, (“C”), A Phrygian only (“D”) and a track that switches back and forth between the two (“CD”).

The Chord Progression

Note that there are three tracks: one for “C,”, one for “D”, and one for “CD”.

A Aeolian (Minor)

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a natural
c natural
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d natural
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f natural
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b natural
d natural
a natural
e natural
b natural
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c natural
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f natural
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b natural
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A Phrygian

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a natural
c natural
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d natural
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a sharp, b flat
f natural
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d natural
a natural
e natural
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c natural
g natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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e natural
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Track “C” — A Minor Only

Track “D” — A Phrygian Only

Track “CDH” — A Minor, A Phrygian

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