Sunday, February 20, 2011

Modes: It's All Greek To Me!! Part 3

Phrygian (III): A natural scale with the 2nd lowered half a step


E (the tonic
F (a minor 2nd)
G (a minor 3rd)
A (a perfect 4th)
B (a perfect 5th)
C (a minor 6th)
D (a minor 7th)
E (upper-octave)

  • Tonic triad: Em
  • Tonic seventh chord: Em7
  • Dominant triad: Bdim
  • Seventh chord on the dominant: B75 (or Bø), a "dominant-seventh-flat-five" or "half-diminished seventh" chord type. By contrast, the "dominant seventh" type in this mode is found on scale-degree 3.
  • Modern minor scale has a minor 3rd, 6th, and 7th. The minor 2nd in addition here makes the scale Phrygian, not Aeolian (natural minor).

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