G Dorian Positions On The Guitar Fretboard

G DORIAN MODE

‘G dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the F major scale. The notes in G dorian are:

G – A – Bb – C – D – E – F

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 G dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

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

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

Derivative Approach:

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

If we play a F major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:
G – A – Bb – C – D – E – F

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

G Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

G Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

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

G Dorian Mode 1st Position Frets

G Dorian Mode 1st Position Notes

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

G Dorian Mode 5th Position Frets

G Dorian Mode 5th Position Notes

Now let’s look at G dorian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

G Dorian Mode 6th Position Frets

G Dorian Mode 6th Position Notes

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

G Dorian Mode 9th Position Frets

G Dorian Mode 9th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at G dorian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

G Dorian Mode 12th Position FretsG Dorian Mode 12th Position Notes

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

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

Other useful or related posts:

G Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

F Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

 

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