Watch the Phrygian Major online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modes That Matter
The mode in the harmonic minor system that matters beyond reproach is Phrygian Major. Built upon the 5th degree of harmonic minor the formula is as follows: 1 b2 3 4 5 b6 b7. With it’s defining tritone sitting between the 3-b7 you’ll see why Phrygian Major, also known as Phrygian Dominant, is at it’s most basic application a V7 chord mode. In that “mode” it works great for setting up a resolution to a i-7 situation. But, that’s not all Phrygian Major has to offer as you’ll soon see and hear. In the following three segments Phrygian Major will be played over jazz, surf and Klezmer vibe. All three put Phrygian Major in completely different environments with the latter being the most fun in my book.