Phrygian dominant

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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:

  • 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.