Learning how to play jazz guitar means learning how to add different colors and tensions to Dominant 7th
chords in your jazz guitar solos. While many of us have checked out the Altered Scale in this situation, and have looked at the Phrygian Mode to add a b9 color to our m7th chord lines, we may not have tried applying the Phrygian Mode over 7th chords in a jazz guitar context. In today’s lesson we’ll look at just that, using the Phrygian Mode to bring out a quasialtered sound in your 7th-chord lines, as well as use this mode to add a secondary Altered color to your jazz guitar vocabulary.
What Is The Phrygian Mode
To begin, let’s do a quick review of the Phrygian Mode in it’s normal, modal context, before moving on to applying it over Dominant 7th Chords in the next section of today’s lesson. The Phrygian Mode is the 3rd mode of the Major Scale System, which means that if you have a C Major Scale, and you play it from E to E, you produce a Phrygian Mode. Though it comes from the Major Scale, the Phrygian Mode has a different interval pattern than the Major Scale itself. Here is the interval pattern for any Phrygian Mode. Root-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7-Root As you can see, there is a m7 arpeggio found within the Phrygian Mode, Root-b3-5-b7, which is why this mode is normally associated with a minor 7th chord of some type when applying it to your soloing lines and phrases. Though it has a basic m7 chord structure within the mode, there is one note that makes this mode stand out against the other minor modes from the Major Scale, Dorian and Aeolian, which is the b2, or b9 as it is called in the context of a chord voicing. This means that the characteristic sound of the Phrygian Mode is a m7b9 chord, kind of a rare sound but one that can bring an Eastern ﬂavor to your lines, think Al Di Meola or Chick Corea in this context. To learn the Phrygian Mode, and all other jazz scales, on your iPad check out the Matt Warnock Guitar Jazz Scales App from the iTunes App Store.
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check out my articles “Phrygian Modes for Jazz Guitar” and “Modes of the Major Scale and Their Application. let’s take it a step further and apply it to a Dominant 7th chord.com
. to produce a quasi-altered sound over this chord shape. Soloing Exercise Put on an Am7 backing track and practice soloing over this chord using the A Phrygian Mode. which produces an A7sus sound.
Here is an audio example of A Phrygian being played over an Am7 chord. Take this to all other 11 keys over time to hear how this mode sounds over a m7th chord.Here is an example of a Phrygian Chord next to a Phrygian Mode in the key of A Phrygian. 4th. This is the main difference between this approach and other altered dominant sounding scales.mattwarnockguitar. A-D-E-G.
For more information on this mode and scale system. Here is the layout of each interval produced when you play Phrygian over a 7th chord. and how it sits under your ﬁngers in different parts of the neck. producing a m7b9 sound over a m7 chord.
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Phrygian Mode Over 7th Chords
Now that we’ve looked at the Phrygian Mode in it’s natural state. that Phrygian doesn’t have the major 3rd interval within it’s construction.
while the Phrygian mode has the 4 and 5 in it’s makeup.
Here is the audio example of A Phrygian being played over an A7 chord. #9 and b13. Notice that the Altered Scale has the 3rd and b5 in it’s construction.com
. three of the four possible altered notes over any Dominant 7th chord.What it does have. and how it sits under your ﬁngers in different parts of the neck. I’ve written out the A Altered Scale and A Phrygian Mode side-by-side so you can see the difference between these two Altered Dominant sounding scales. is the b9. you are just missing the b5(#11) from this scale.
100s of FREE Jazz Guitar Lessons www. Take this to all other 11 keys over time to hear how this mode sounds over a 7th chord.
As a comparison.mattwarnockguitar.
Soloing Exercise Put on an A7 backing track and practice soloing over this chord using the A Phrygian Mode.
Be sure to practice each lick in all 12 keys and at a variety of tempos in your practice routine. and how they sit under your ﬁngers in different parts of the neck. bring them to any tunes you know or are working on in the woodshed as you work towards digesting these patterns.com
. As well. producing a quasi-altered sound in the process.
The ﬁrst lick is a static G7 chord.
5 Phrygian Over 7th Chord Licks
After you have worked out practicing applying Phrygian to a 7th chord. Take this to all other 11 keys over time to hear how these modes sound over a 7th chord. here are 5 Jazz Guitar Licks to get you started in building your vocabulary in this context.mattwarnockguitar.Soloing Exercise Put on an A7 backing track and practice soloing over this chord using the A Phrygian Mode for 4 bars and the A Altered Scale for 4 bars.
100s of FREE Jazz Guitar Lessons www. Click to hear the audio for this lick. while allowing them to come out in your playing organically at the same time. with a cool-sounding G Phrygian line applied over top of this sound.
Click to hear the audio for this lick.In the second lick.
Here is another short. ii-V-I chord progression featuring a sample lick where I applied the G Phrygian Mode to the G7 chord in the second half of bar 1 of the phrase.mattwarnockguitar.com
100s of FREE Jazz Guitar Lessons www. ii-V-I lick in the key of C major. Click to hear the audio for this lick. I applied a G Phrygian Mode to the second half of the ﬁrst bar in a short.
here is another long.com
100s of FREE Jazz Guitar Lessons www. Click to hear the audio for this lick.mattwarnockguitar.And here is a long ii-V-I progression in C major. Click to hear the audio for this lick. ii-V-I progression in C major with the G Phrygian Mode being used to color the G7 chord in bar 2 of the lick. with the G Phrygian Mode used to solo over the G7 chord in bar 2 of the progression.
I did move between more diatonic sounding chord tones and Mixolydian notes to create contrast. IV7 and V7 chords in the progression. I have written out a sample solo over an F Jazz Blues Chord Progression where I used the Phrygian Mode for each underlying chord to build my lines.
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.mattwarnockguitar.F Jazz Blues Soloing Study
To ﬁnish off this lesson. but as you can see and hear. Click to hear the audio for this F Jazz Blues Soloing Study.
ii-V-I licks and the same F Blues solo. Put on a 7th-chord vamp and solo over that chord using only it’s related Phrygian Mode. you can also use it to bring a quasi-altered sound to your dominant 7th chords as well Try this Mode out in your Dominant 7th practice routine this week to see how it sounds to your ears and ﬁts under your ﬁngers. 3. 2. producing a m7b9 color as we saw in the beginning of this lesson.mattwarnockguitar. repeat in 12 keys. Write out 10 ii-V-I lines using the Phrygian Mode to outline the V7 chord of the progression. Put on a tune such as “Jordu. 1.
Though we would normally think of the Phrygian Mode as being used to solo over m7 chords. 5.com
. repeat in 12 keys. Play any 7th chord and sing the Phrygian Mode over top of that chord. static-chord soloing exercises.” “Rhythm Changes” or “Tune Up” and solo over each 7th chord with the corresponding Phrygian Mode. secondary Altered color to any 7th chord you are soloing over in a jazz guitar setting. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to practice applying the Phrygian Mode to a Dominant 7th chord in your jazz guitar woodshedding. but once it’s in your ears it will add a nice. you can take this approach further in your jazz guitar practice routine. 4. Have a question or comment about this lesson? Visit the How to Play Phrygian Over 7th Chords thread in the MWG Forum. Put on a ii-V-I backing track and solo over the V7 chord with it’s corresponding Phrygian Mode each time it comes around in the progression.
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After you have checked out the above theory background.