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Watch the C Phrygian Dominant online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Super Sustain

The goal of this lesson is to help you understand the C Phrygian dominant scale along the length of the third string. You will see in diagram ten that the root and the fifth are in red. These two notes are your strongest tones and hence provide a framework upon which you can build the scale. The root is the strongest tone and the fifth is your second strongest tone.

The C Phrygian dominant scale is mode five of the F harmonic minor scale. In lesson nine you learned to visualize the C Phrygian mode along the third string. As you can see in diagram ten, one way to view this scale would be to replace the b3 with a natural 3. These two scales only vary by this one note.

There are only three different intervals in this scale when dealing with adjacent notes. The minor second interval which is an interval consisting of one half step(one fret), major second interval which is an interval consisting of one whole step(two frets), and the minor third interval which is an interval consisting of a step and a half (three frets). In the Phrygian dominant mode, the minor second interval occurs between the 1 and b2, the 3 and 4, and the 5 and b6. The major second interval occurs between the 4 and 5, and the b6 and b7. The minor third interval occurs between the b2 and 3. Memorizing these shapes will aid you when you transfer this linear map of the scale to a different string. And remember, these intervals will always remain the same no matter what key you are in.

This lesson includes a jam track over which you should practice playing this information. Apply all the techniques as demonstrated in the video with a goal of trying to keep the guitar ringing.