B DORIAN MODE

‘B dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the A Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard. The notes in B dorian are:

B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – A

If you have read the post on understanding the dorian mode, you will know that the dorian mode contains a flat 3 and a flat 7 (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 2nd mode of a major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct B dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

B major has the following notes:
B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A#

If we flatten the 3rd note (D#) and the 7th note (A#) we get the following:
B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – A

Derivative Approach:

B is the 2nd note of an A major scale:
A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G#

If we play a A Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard and start on the 2nd note we get the following:
B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – A

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Let’s look at the B dorian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

Now let’s look at B dorian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

Now let’s look at B dorian in the 4th position (lowest fret is 4)

Now let’s look at B dorian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

Now let’s look at B dorian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

Finally, let’s look at B dorian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of B dorian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the dorian mode, check out dorian mode explained.

Other useful or related posts:

B major

A Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard