This Micro Lesson takes a look at one of the interesting modes of the Harmonic Minor Scale. It's the 5th mode called, "Phrygian Dominant."
The Phrygian Dominant scale is a unique sounding scale that uses a lowered 2nd degree alongside of a major 3rd and a minor 6th and minor 7th.
This unique interval mix creates rather specialized set of internal sclae intervals that are often referred to as, "Middle-eastern," sounding.
In the lick I've composed, the Phrygian Dominant scale run pushes through a combination of eighth and sixteenth note durations.
Since the lick is in the key of "A" the melody also takes advantage of the open "A and D" (5th and 4th) guitar strings. Enjoy!
Micro Lesson 069: "Key of A" Phrygian Dominant Lick