A Phrygian Mode on Mandolin

Here you can learn how to play the Phrygian Mode in the key of A on the Mandolin. As well as the scale notes, degrees and patterns of the A Phrygian Mode, where available we also provide suggested Mandolin fingerings. In the Mandolin view below, you can display the notes of the A Phrygian Mode mapped out onto the Mandolin fretboard and switch between the notes, degrees, intervals or, if we have them, suggested Mandolin fingerings.

Theoretical Only

The A Phrygian Mode is considered theoretical only as it has double sharps or flats in the key signature.

The usual alternative is the enharmonic equivalent G♯ Phrygian Mode

Notes Ascending

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A

Notes Descending

A, G, F, E, D, C, B, A

Pattern Ascending

S, T, T, T, S, T, T

S = Semitone, T = Tone (2 Semitones)

Pattern Descending

T, T, S, T, T, T, S

S = Semitone, T = Tone (2 Semitones)

Intervals Ascending

A > A0Perfect Unison (P1)
A > B1minor 2nd (m2)
A > C3minor 3rd (m3)
A > D5Perfect 4th (P4)
A > E7Perfect 5th (P5)
A > F8minor 6th (m6)
A > G10minor 7th (m7)
A > A12Perfect Octave (P8)

Intervals Descending

A > A0Perfect Unison (P1)
A > G2Major 2nd (M2)
A > F4Major 3rd (M3)
A > E5Perfect 4th (P4)
A > D7Perfect 5th (P5)
A > C9Major 6th (M6)
A > B11Major 7th (M7)
A > A12Perfect Octave (P8)

Music Theory

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