Harmonic Minor – The Phrygian Dominant Scale – Lesson 102

About Harmonic Minor – The Phrygian Dominant Scale – Lesson 102

Level: Advanced

Harmonic Minor – The Phrygian Dominant Scale – Lesson 102

In this lesson we cover the most useful Harmonic minor mode.

Syn’s Tips

I use this scale SO much in ALL of my playing, be it for Avenged, Gypsy, Classical, or other types of Jazz. It is as important to me as the Major scale so I suggest that you spend a lot of time with this and as suggested by Papa Gates, learn this in all of the 7 positions as well as learning your arpeggios(Hint, you can find them in the chord diagrams in the previous lesson;) and then go and practice it all over the backing tracks to really make it familiar and comfortable.

Share your unique application of this brilliant scale with us all by uploading videos of yourselves to the "Lesson Comments" section below. You can also upload videos of areas you're having trouble with so we can help you figure them out! You can also just hang out and discuss this stuff, just really try and get involved because it really helps you to learn better AND faster!

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Nate Stranieri
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Nate Stranieri How do we know what scales to use or what scales work best with different chords?
Nate Stranieri
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Nate Stranieri How do we know what scales work best with best scales I never know when to use what scale when writing?
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere Here's my improve over the backing track https://syngates.com/riffs/phrygian-dominant-improv-for-jaks-challenge/
Dan Shipway
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Dan Shipway Correct me if I am wrong but was this scale used in Nightmare and Sunny D?
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I think Syn barely ever uses just one scale in a solo but I think it's used in those songs
Anthony Dowski
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Anthony Dowski I'm mostly a guitar writer that sort of just composes off of what sounds or feels good to the tone of the song, but this is some red pill grade stuff here. It really helps with getting past "writer's block"
Claudio Di Franco
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Claudio Di Franco To learn from such great guitar players is a pleasure! Thanks for this great opportunity Syn and Papa Gates 😀
Jak Angelescu
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Jak Angelescu I love you both so much for working so hard to put all of this together! You explain all of this so well and it's far easier to understand than when anyone else explains it. So excited to get into this today!
Ezequiel Romanko
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Ezequiel Romanko understand* sorry haha
Ezequiel Romanko
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Ezequiel Romanko i agree with jak, i mean even for me that i don't speak english as my nature language, i speak spanish, but this is really easy to understanding i mean i learned more here that in seven years playing guitar with teachers and on my own, so really thank you guys for doing such a wonderful site and even for free, we owe you guys a lot really thanks from the bottom of my heart for this
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. We are glad you're here, Jak! Enjoy and feel free to ask questions.