Dorian

Intro

Dorian - Intro

Learn how to play the Dorian mode!

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Em shape

Dorian Em shape

Learn how to play the Em shaped Dorian mode!

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Am shape

Dorian Am shape

Learn how to play the Am shaped Dorian mode!

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Dm shape

Dorian Dm shape

Learn how to play the Dm shaped Dorian mode!

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Gm shape

Dorian Gm shape

Learn how to play the Gm shaped Dorian mode!

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Cm shape

Dorian Cm shape

Learn how to play the Cm shaped Dorian mode!

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Connect Shapes

Connect Dorian Shapes

Learn how to Connect all Dorian shapes!

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Cycle Of 4ths

Dorian Cycle Of 4ths

Run the Dorian mode through the Cycle Of 4ths

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Improvisation

Dorian Improvisation

Learn how to improvise with the Dorian mode!

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The Dorian mode belong to chord II

Not just appearing whenever chord II pops up, the Dorian mode is sometimes used in jazz influenced music as a blanket scale.

Miles Davis – So What, Van Morrison’s – Moondance and Stevie Wonder‘s – I Wish all use the Dorian mode, so does Stairway To Heaven.

Should you use the technique of new chord – new scale then you would use Dorian every time you play over the II chord.

Below is the scale formula in relation to the pentatonic:

Minor Pentatonic:1
m3
4
5
b7
Dorian:2
6

Character: Dorian is often referred to as having a sweet sound.

Soloing: Use Dorian when you play jazz influenced solos or whenever you play over the II chord.

Practice The Dorian mode like this:

  1. Chord shape
  2. Minor Pentatonic
  3. add 2nd
  4. Minor Pentatonic
  5. add 6th
  6. Minor Pentatonic
  7. Dorian
  8. Chord shape

To see the Dorian mode move around the guitar neck in different keys and shapes, use Chordacus.

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