Phrygian Scale And Chord Progressions On Guitar

Author: Tommaso Zillio

The Phrygian scale is one of the most used scales in metal and in flamenco. Interesting how the same scale can be used in two such diverse styles!

It has a characteristic dark sound, and it’s definitely not to be deployed when you want to communicate warm and fuzzy feelings :)

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Ot at least that’s what most people think – but I’d personally be surprised if you think that the Phrygian scale sounds ‘positive’ or ’happy.

But I’m not here to tell you how to feel.

Either way, this is a very versatile scale, with several sounds to it, and with a wide range of expressive colors.

In this video we will see how to make music with the Phrygian scale on your guitar. Come and hear what this scale has to offer yo your music:

The Phrygian scale is not the only ‘dark’ scale around, though.

If the depth of your dark feelings requires more shades of black, then here’s another scale that can help you: tje double harmonic major.

(Yes, a major scale can be dark…)

If instead after wallowing in the depth of despair you want to give some hope and light to your music…

… here’s something completely different: the Lydian scale. Very common, but with= a lot of untapped potential:

Have fun! Or not, have some despair – whatever your music needs!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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