In music theory, the Phrygian dominant scale is a musical mode. It is separated from a normal minor scale by the flattened second and sharpened third, giving the mode a distinctly Arabic or Egyptian feel.
The D Phrygian scale would look like this:
- D - E♭ - F♯ - G - A - B♭ - C
In Muse songs
The Phrygian dominant scale has appeared in the following Muse songs:
- Stockholm Syndrome: The song is driven by a distorted guitar riff in D Phrygian dominant.
- United States of Eurasia: The bridge of the song features a piano solo in E♭ using both Phrygian and Phrygian dominant modes.
- Break It to Me: Most of the song is written in B Phrygian dominant. The post-chorus features Bellamy singing a descending Phrygian dominant scale harmonised a sixth below.