Jazz 2-5-1 Phrygian 2

Animated Jazz 2-5-1 Phrygian 2 tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This exercise is from the Jamzone where we are looking at using the modes to add flavour to a basic 2-5-1 Chord progression in the Key of C major. Make sure you have read the article. Modes can be confusing at first, but are worth learning because they open the door to a wide variety of melodic opportunities.

The E phrygian mode is:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E F G A B C D E

Here we apply a 6-step pattern to both of the scale positions learned in the previous ActionTab.

Listen to the normal speed audio to get an idea of how this pattern should sound. This is a tricky one, but is good practice.

The trick here is to start with an upstroke when ascending the scale. Start with a downstroke when descending. You don't have to alternate pick everything if it keeps tripping you up. This is one of those awkward scale patterns that involves string-skips. Sometimes continuing an upstroke to the next string works better for than consistently alternate picking. Same for downstrokes.

Just take your time with it and build it up slowly. Once you get a consistent flow, start speeding up.

The step pattern is this: Play 6 notes, drop back to the 3rd note and play another 6 notes, repeat. The same step pattern is used descending as well as ascending.

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