Dominant Scales and Modes (August 2014)

Dominant is a reference to a scale containing Major 3rd note and a flattened 7th note.

Create dominant scales by selecting a mode from the major scale.

Phrygian Dominant:

Take the third mode of the major scale.

Raise the 3rd note 1 semi tone.

Now the scale contains a major 3rd and a b7th.

Lydian Dominant:

Take the 4th mode of the major scale.

Lower the 7th note 1 semi tone.

Now the scale contains a b7th and a major 3rd.

By making this adjustment to the Phrygian mode you actually end up with the Harmonic minor scale.

By making this adjustment to the Lydian mode you end up with the 4th mode of the the Melodic minor scale.

Now you can see if you think in terms of the original scale rather than the major scale you are not creating something new.

The Guitarmodes method does not use sharps or flats.

26 Aug 2014