Discover the Dorian Mode

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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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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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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.