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Jazz Sax Lessons: Soloing Straight Ahead: Using the Phrygian Mode

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So now, here's a track for
you to practice your Phrygian mode over.
It's a great track,
you're going to like it.
So the key to this track is
in is concert E Phrygian.
So it's based on concert C major scale.
So on my Alto,
I'm going to play a C sharp Phrygian.
Now, here's a great example of the way
we worked with our modes in the school,
where I always want to
refer to the parent scale.
So, if somebody says to you okay,
I want you to play in C sharp Phrygian.
If you're not really up on your modes and
what the parent scale is,
if you will, of the parent key,
the parent origin of the modes,
then it might take you
a second to grasp it.
But, by playing C sharp Phrygian,
by studying the names of your notes that
the Phrygian is based on
the third degree of a major scale.
So if you know that C sharp,
for instance in my key B flat,
that C sharp is the third degree
of the A major scale, and
somebody says okay this song
is in C sharp Phrygian.
You go, cool, got it covered.
I know my A major scale, so
those are the notes you are using and
now you're basing your solo
in the key of C sharp, but
the notes of the scale that
you're using are from A major.
Again and then as opposed to B flat,
if you're playing a B flat instrument.
So, here's this track,
I'm really going to stick to the scales so
you can really hear the uniqueness
of what this mode sounds like,
and have fun playing those few yourself.
Okay here it comes.
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