Discover the Dorian Mode

The Dorian mode has a nice balanced minor quality to it blending well with most music styles. It can be mixed with the pentatonic and blues scales for improvising too. This scale is the basis for “And I Love Her” by “The Beatles”. It is also a favorite scale of “Carlos Santana”.

This is a popular mode for all styles of music written in a minor mode. A major key has two relative minor keys.

Here it is in D. This comes from the second note of the C major scale.

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Dorian Modeses

D Dorian – Notation and Tablature

Here is how it sounds. I put two chords in this sample a D minor and a G. This you will get to know as a two-five progression because this is where these chords come from. The 2nd and 5th notes of the major scale.

It’s the basis for songs like Santana’s “Evil Ways” and the “Traffic” hit “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”

The D Dorian played against a D minor and G chord progression

And I Love Her

The Beatles song “And I Love Her” is written in the F sharp Dorian mode. This is the key of E but the home chord is F sharp minor. The song is on the Red Album

Below is a list of these modes. This mode gets a lot of use with a minor chord based root progression like ii-V.

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Dorian Scale Formula

The Formula for this scale is 1-2-♭3-4-5-6-♭7

The major scale formula is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Flatten the 3rd and 7th of any major scale to make a Dorian mode.

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Learn The A Major Scale

The A major Scale is good for acoustic guitars because of the E, A, D and B open strings belonging to the scale. It has three sharps in it the F, C and G notes.

The Open Strings

The open string notes are the 6th string E=5, the 5th string A=root, the 4th string D=4th, the 2nd string B=2/9 and the 1st string E=5. The numbers after the notes tell you what scale degree they are. Check below for more detail on numbering.

These are notes that can be used freely in the A scale. They normally won’t clash with any other scale tones.

The A scale is made from two tetra-chords from the D and the E scale.

You will see the same notes and chords in the A, D and E scales.

Here Comes the Sun

This is the key for the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” written by George Harrison.

Abbey Road (1990)-Here Comes the Sun Here Comes the Sun – Sheet Music/Tab

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The A Scale Construction

The first 4 notes of this scale came from the last 4 notes of the D major scale. The last 4 notes of are from the first 4 notes of the E major scale.

A Scale Tetra-Chords

The tetra-chord is a four note that makes up half a major scale. Major scales have two of these.

The first A scale tetra-chord comes from the last D scale tetra-chord and the second one comes from the first tetra-chord of the E major scale.

A Major Scale Numbering

All the major scales have numbers that go with the notes for easy identification. You will find out later that this way of referring to numbers makes it possible to refer to all scales and chords no matter what key you are in.

This also refers to chords built from scales. When referring to chords the numbers are written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

A Major Notation-Tab

A Major Chords

A Major Chord Diagrams

A Major Key signature

This is how the beginning bar in sheet music will look if you are in the key of A. The sharp symbol is over the F line and the C and G spaces in the music staff.

This doesn’t mean the music won’t have other flats or sharps in it. They will be marked in the music itself. This means every note in the F, C and G position in the music staff will be sharp.

This helps keep the music easier to read as you get more flats or sharps in a key.