MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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E phrygian mode box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.46 the box shapes for the E PHRYGIAN MODE were presented using the EDCAG octaves methodology.

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In this weeks BLOGoZON the box shapes for the E phrygian mode are revisited but this time the undelying
3-note chord/arpeggio is presented i.e. E minor.

The easiest example of the phrygian mode is rooted on E natural - as it is really the C major scale re-arranged so that it starts with the third note (E) rather than the first (C).

Hence the EDCAG octaves sequence is shown for E natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAG octaves E natural

GuitarPro6 E natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the E phrygian mode notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and EDCAG octaves styles:-

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EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/arpeggios as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the E phrygian mode are detailed below in the EDCAG octaves manner:-

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode intervals

All scales and modes have an underlying triad - 3 note chord - that defines their tonality.

In the case of the E phrygian mode this is the E minor arpeggio - hence the notes for a E minor arpeggio

are presented in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard E minor arpeggio notes

EDCAG octaves fingerboard E minor arpeggio note names

Similarly the intervals forming a E minor arpeggio are shown next:-

EDCAG octaves fingerboard E minor arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the E phrygian mode and the
E minor arpeggio in the EDCAG octaves style.


EDCAG octaves - E phrygian mode box shapes

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E phrygian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
E phrygian mode 4Dm2 box shape pdf
E phrygian mode 5Cm2 box shape pdf
E phrygian mode 5Am3 box shape pdf
E phrygian mode 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
E phrygian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape at fret 12

  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1 at 12


  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1 at 12

E phrygian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape

E phrygian mode 4Dm2 box shape

E phrygian mode 5Cm2 box shape

E phrygian mode 5Am3 box shape

E phrygian mode 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

E phrygian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape at fret 12


EDCAG octaves - E minor arpeggio box shapes

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E minor arpeggio 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
E minor arpeggio 4Dm2 box shape pdf
E minor arpeggio 5Cm2 box shape pdf
E minor arpeggio 5Am3 box shape pdf
E minor arpeggio 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
E minor arpeggio 6Em4Em1 box shape at fret 12

  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1 at 12


  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1 at 12

E minor arpeggio 6Em4Em1 box shape

E minor arpeggio 4Dm2 box shape

E minor arpeggio 5Cm2 box shape

E minor arpeggio 5Am3 box shape

E minor arpeggio 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

E minor arpeggio 6Em4Em1 box shape at fret 12


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