Guitar Lesson

Phrygian vs Aeolian

Difficulty: intermediate

By: Nate Dean

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The Phrygian and Aeolian modes are very similar, only one note apart. The Phrygian mode is like the Aeolian mode (minor scale) with a lowered 2nd note.

Aeolian (minor scale): 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7

Phrygian: 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7

Explore the diagrams below to see the difference between some common Phrygian and Aeolian patterns.

F Aeolian