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Cello Lessons: Chord Scale: Minor 7b9b13 - Phrygian

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The Phrygian mode is based on
the third scale degree of the major scale.
So, if we wanted to play in C Phrygian,
what major scale is C the third of?
A flat.
That is correct.
So the Phrygian is associated with a minor
seven cord with a flat 9 and a flat 13.
So the alteration for
the Phrygian is it's going to be just
like our Aeolian natural
minor scale plus a flat two.
In a scale, we refer to the second
scale to be as a flat two.
In a chord, we would actually refer
to the same note as a flat nine.
When we're talking about chords,
the altered notes are called extensions.
And we voice them about the initial
triad of the first octave.
So, a C Phrygian
That's where we would play
the flat nine right there, but
I'm gonna talk about it as a flat
two within the context of the scale.
So we have
the root,
flat two,
flat three,
flat six,
flat seven, and the root
It's that flat two or flat nine that
is the key indicator for this scale.
Let's check out the sound of the Phrygian
scale with the backing track.
Keep in
mind that
C Phrygian
uses the same
collection of
pitches as
A flat major.
Get used to this sound and, ultimately,
you really gotta check
it out in all 12 keys.