Phrygian Mode

    🎨 A visual reference to the Phrygian mode (aka Phrygian scale), which is the 3rd mode of the major scale. The Phrygian mode is created from the major scale by flattening the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th scale degrees. The Phrygian mode is minor-sounding and sounds Eastern or Spanish.

    1 - b2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b6 - b7

    Phrygian Mode: Reference Table

    First, a reference table for the Phrygian mode/scale for all the keys. The keys are in order of 5ths, as with the circle of fifths. This illustrates the close relationship between keys that are a 5th distance apart.

    iIIIIIivVIviii
    CD♭E♭FGA♭B♭C
    GA♭B♭CDE♭FG
    DE♭FGAB♭CD
    AB♭CDEFGA
    EFGABCDE
    BCDEF♯GAB
    F♯GABC♯DEF♯
    D♭E♭♭F♭G♭A♭B♭♭C♭D♭
    A♭B♭♭C♭D♭E♭F♭G♭A♭
    E♭F♭G♭A♭B♭C♭D♭E♭
    B♭C♭D♭E♭FG♭A♭B♭
    FG♭A♭B♭CD♭E♭F

    And now for each of the keys/scales in more detail. Tip: click the lock icon to trigger the chords of that key using buttons 1 through 7 on your keyboard.

    C Phrygian

    notes: C D E F G A B

    relative key: A major

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C

    chords in the key of C Phrygian

    D Phrygian

    notes: D E F G A B C

    relative key: B major

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of D Phrygian

    E Phrygian

    notes: E F G A B C D

    relative key: C major

    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E

    chords in the key of E Phrygian

    F Phrygian

    notes: F G A B C D E

    relative key: C major

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F

    chords in the key of F Phrygian

    G Phrygian

    notes: G A B C D E F

    relative key: D major

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of G Phrygian

    A Phrygian

    notes: A B C D E F G

    relative key: F major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of A Phrygian

    B Phrygian

    notes: B C D E F G A

    relative key: G major

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B

    chords in the key of B Phrygian

    C♯ / D♭ Phrygian

    C Phrygian: C D E F G A B

    D Phrygian: D E F G A B C

    relative key: A major

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C

    chords in the key of C Phrygian

    D♯ / E♭ Phrygian

    D Phrygian: D E F G A B C

    E Phrygian: E F G A B C D

    relative key: B major

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of D Phrygian

    F♯ / G♭ Phrygian

    F Phrygian: F G A B C D E

    G Phrygian: G A B C D E F

    relative key: D major

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F

    chords in the key of F Phrygian

    G♯ / A♭ Phrygian

    G Phrygian: G A B C D E F

    A Phrygian: A B C D E F G

    relative key: E major

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of G Phrygian

    A♯ / B♭ Phrygian

    A Phrygian: A B C D E F G

    B Phrygian: B C D E F G A

    relative key: F major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of A Phrygian


    piano samples

    The piano samples used here are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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