C Phrygian scale

C Phrygian scale for guitar.
The C 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, 8th fret.

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2 octaves

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

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

Chords that are related to this scale are the following:

Cm, Cm7
Db, Dbmaj7, Db6, Db6/9, Dbmaj9, Dbmaj13
Eb, Eb7, Eb6, Eb6/9, Eb9, Eb11, Eb13
Fm, Fm7, Fm9, Fm11
Gdim, Gm7b5
Ab, Abmaj7, Ab6, Ab6/9, Abmaj9, Abmaj13
Bbm, Bbm7, Bbm6, Bbm9, Bbm11, Bbm13

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

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

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

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

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