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04/03/2008 6:06 pm
Originally Posted by: jimmynitcherAha! so if I am in E Phrygian the shape for it starts on the E.[/quote]
If you want to play in E "any scale", you put the Circled 1 (the 1st scale degree, the root note) on that note - the note E. All scales, modes and keys work like this.

In E major the root note (the Circled number 1 of the frerboard patterns) is on E.
In E dorian the root note (the Circled number 1 of the frerboard patterns) is on E.
In E phrygian the root note (the Circled number 1 of the frerboard patterns) is on E.
Or F major the root note (the Circled number 1 of the frerboard patterns) is on F.
In F dorian the root note (the Circled number 1 of the frerboard patterns) is on F.

And so on. :)
[QUOTE=jimmynitcher]
So the next thing I need to know is do the D Dorian behind it and all the other patterns on the fretboard relative to this starting point in fact become part of the Phrygian scale and have the Phrygian 'sound' as a result?

Yes, it sounds like you understand better now.

They are all integrated together. It depends upon which note you pick as the Circled 1-root note. They all have the same letters and patterns (simply shifted up and down the fretboard).

Consider that C major scale has seven notes:
c - d - e - f - g - a

If you regard the note "c" as the 1st scale degree, the root note, then all the others fall in line as scale degrees 2, 3, 4, etc. And this is the ionian mode. If you regard the note "d" as the 1, root note of those notes, then you have dorian mode.

C ionian is D dorian is E phrygian is F lydian is G mixolydian is A locrian. They all have the exact same collection of notes. They have different mode names depending upon which note letter you designate as the 1, the root note.
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