Bb Phrygian

B flat Phrygian scale for guitar.
The Bb 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, 6th fret.

Bb

2 octaves

Bb Phrygian scale diagramNotes: Bb - Cb - Db - Eb - F - Gb - AbIntervals: 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 Bb Unison Tonic
b2 Cb Minor second Supertonic
b3 Db Minor third Mediant
4 Eb Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 F Perfect fifth Dominant
b6 Gb Minor sixth Submediant
b7 Ab Minor seventh Subtonic

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

The B 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 Bb Phrygian is a mode of the Gb Major Scale. It contains exactly the same notes, but starts on another note.
The Bb Phrygian has Minor scale qualities and is the same as the Bb 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 Gb Major starting on its third note.

Chords that are related to this scale are the following:

Bbm, Bbm7
B, Bmaj7, B6, B6/9, Bmaj9, Bmaj13
Db, Db7, Db6, Db6/9, Db9, Db11, Db13
Ebm, Ebm7, Ebm9, Ebm11
Fdim, Fm7b5
Gb, Gbmaj7, Gb6, Gb6/9, Gbmaj9, Gbmaj13
Abm, Abm7, Abm6, Abm9, Abm11, Abm13

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

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

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

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

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