Formula H W W W H W W
E Phrygian E F G A B C D E
Interval R m2* m3 P4 P5 m6* m7 P8
Characteristic Pitches: Minor 2nd, Minor 6th
Characteristic Progressions: Im-bII or Im-bVIIm
The mode built off of the third degree is an eery, minor mode. This effect is produced by both the minor 2nd and minor 6th, each a dissonant half-step above a chord tone. This dissonance makes the Phrygian mode a favorite choice of heavy metal guitarists.