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E Phrygian Mode

This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and parent scale for the E Phrygian mode. For an overview of all the major scale modes, see Basics of Guitar Modes.

Notes of E Phrygian

E Phrygian is the third mode of the C major scale and is a minor mode. It’s the only Phrygian mode that contains all natural notes with no sharps or flats.

E – F – G – A – B – C – D

E Phrygian Formula

IntervalsRootMinor 2ndMinor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMinor 6thMinor 7th
NotesEFGABCD

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the E Phrygian mode.

Position 1

Fretboard diagram for E Phrygian scale, position 1
Guitar tab E Phrygian mode, position 1

Position 2

Fretboard diagram for E Phrygian scale, position 2
Guitar tab E Phrygian mode, position 2

Position 3

Fretboard diagram for E Phrygian scale, position 3
Guitar tab E Phrygian mode, position 3

Position 4

Fretboard diagram for E Phrygian scale, position 4
Guitar tab E Phrygian mode, position 4

Position 5

Fretboard diagram for E Phrygian scale, position 5
Guitar tab E Phrygian mode, position 5

E Phrygian Chords

DegreeiIIIIIivVIvii
ChordEmFGAmBdimCDm
Chord NotesE – G – BF – A – CG – B – DA – C – EB – D – FC – E – GD – F – A

Parent Scale

The parent scale of E Phrygian is the C major scale (Ionian mode).

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