Using the Dorian Mode?



Asked by: Jeremiah Hilzer

How to Use the Dorian Scale

  1. Dorian is a type of mode (also referred to as “church modes”). …
  2. C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C.
  3. Dorian mode occurs when the third note and the seventh note of any scale are lowered (flattened by one half-step). …
  4. C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb – C.
  5. Try playing this scale on your instrument.

What is Dorian mode good for?





The Dorian mode is commonly used to solo over minor 7th chords, applicable to the ubiquitous II–7 V7 I progression, and a creative substitute, or expansion, of the minor pentatonic scale used in blues and rock.

How do you write in Dorian mode?

To write Dorian mode in a given key, take the third and seventh degrees of the corresponding major scale in that key, and lower them. Try this: use the A♭ major scale to write out the Dorian mode in A♭.

What does the Dorian mode feel like?

Dorian is the second mode of the major scale. It sounds cheeky, partly sad, but in a hopeful way. It’s prominent in blues, rock, jazz, and funk.

What chords are in the Dorian mode?

The Dorian Mode in Twelve Keys

A Dorian Mode A,B,C,D,E,F#,G
Eb Dorian Mode Eb,F,Gb,Ab,Bb,C,Db
F Dorian Mode F,G,Ab,Bb,C,D,Eb
F# Dorian Mode F#,G#,A,B,C#,D#,E
G Dorian Mode G,A,Bb,C,D,E,F

Can I play Dorian over a major chord?





You can play both dorian scale positions in all keys. If you want to play the Dorian scale in a different key, just move the entire scale up or down.

How do you do a Dorian chord progression?

This song uses the root, 3rd and 4th in B Dorian which means that we use the B minor (root chord), D major (3rd) and E major (4th). This is a great example of a Dorian progression because if you played the same progression in minor, you would get the Bm (root), D major (3rd) and E minor (4th).

What note does Dorian mode start on?

The dorian mode always starts on note D(when not transposed to another key). Since this mode begins with note D, it is certain that notes 1 and 13 will be used in this mode. Note 1 is the tonic note – the starting note – D, and note 13 is the same note name but one octave higher.

Is Dorian mode major or minor?

For example, if we are told that using the A Dorian scale will sound good when soling over a certain progression, we should first remember that Dorian is a minor mode, and that the minor pentatonic scale sounds good over any minor mode (minor is actually a mode itself—aeolian).

How do you play Dorian scale?

That. So basically I play every note then I skip one then I play the next note then I go back to the note that I skip. Then I skip one then I play the next note I go back to the note that I skipped.



Is a Dorian the same as G major?

A Dorian is one of the 7 scale modes built from the G major scale. It starts and ends on an A so it has all the same notes in it as a G scale. Playing a G scale starting on a B, C, D, etc. will give you 7 different modes (scales) all built from the same 7 notes and each one is unique.

What mode does Santana use?

the Dorian mode

Carlos Santana is a big user user of the Dorian mode. In this course, we will discuss firstly what the Dorian mode is, and then how to apply it to your lead playing in order to play like Santana! We also learn a couple of cool licks using the new scale shapes.



Is D Dorian the same as C major?

The Dorian modes are comparable to the Major scales – D Dorian, for example, includes exactly the same notes as C Major. The difference is that is D Dorian starts on another step in the scale, the D note (see picture below).

What does Dorian mode sound like?

Dorian is the second mode of the major scale. It sounds cheeky, partly sad, but in a hopeful way. It’s prominent in blues, rock, jazz, and funk.

Is there a Dorian pentatonic scale?

The Dorian pentatonic scale is a minor scale built with five notes. It is sometimes referred to as “Kumoï scale”, a Japanese scale. The formula is : 1 (tonic), 2 (second), b3 (minor third), 5 (perfect fifth) and 6 (natural sixth).