Ab Phrygian

A flat Phrygian scale for guitar.
The Ab Phrygian is a seven-note scale, it is also called a mode. Colored circles in the diagram mark the notes in the scale (darker color highlighting the root notes). In the fretboard pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 4th fret.

Ab

2 octaves

Ab Phrygian scale diagramNotes: Ab - Bbb - Cb - Db - Eb - Fb - GbIntervals: 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, intervals and scale degrees.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Ab Unison Tonic
b2 Bbb Minor second Supertonic
b3 Cb Minor third Mediant
4 Db Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 Eb Perfect fifth Dominant
b6 Fb Minor sixth Submediant
b7 Gb Minor seventh Subtonic

The second degree is written as Bbb, which is the same as A. The third degree is written as Cb, which is the same as B. The sixth degree is written as Fb, which is the same as E. A practice in a scale notation is to not include the same letter twice, if it can be avoided.

The A flat Phrygian scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as steps on the guitar fingerboard according to the following formula: half, whole, whole, whole, half, whole, whole from the first note to the same in the next octave.
The Ab Phrygian is a mode of the E Major Scale. It contains exactly the same notes, but starts on another note.
The Ab Phrygian has Minor scale qualities and is the same as the Ab Minor apart from one note, the second in the scale.

This scale is typically played in styles such as Spanish music and metal.
The easiest way to learn this scale is to think of it as the E Major starting on its third note.

Chords that are related to this scale are the following:

Abm, Abm7
A, Amaj7, A6, A6/9, Amaj9, Amaj13
B, B7, B6, B6/9, B9, B11, B13
Dbm, Dbm7, Dbm9, Dbm11
Ebdim, Ebm7b5
E, Emaj7, E6, E6/9, Emaj9, Emaj13
Gbm, Gbm7, Gbm6, Gbm9, Gbm11, Gbm13

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Ab Phrygian scale, with some possible ones excluded.

Related to this scale is the A flat Phrygian Dominant Mode. It is identical to the Ab Phrygian except for a major instead of a minor third. It can be displayed as follows:

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Ab Unison Tonic
b2 Bbb Minor second Supertonic
3 C Major third Mediant
4 Db Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 Eb Diminished fifth Dominant
b6 Fb Minor sixth Submediant
b7 Gb Minor seventh Subtonic

The Ab Phrygian Dominant contains the same notes as the Db Harmonic Minor Scale, but starts on another note.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

Go to Jam Tracks section for more guitar jam tracks!