# D FLAT DORIAN MODE

‘D flat dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the C flat major scale. The notes in Db dorian are:

Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb

C flat major is a rarely used scale. It is enharmonically equivalent to B major. The reason why D flat dorian is a mode of C flat major and not B major is that technically, the second note of B major is C# (not Db) whereas the second not of Cb is Db.

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

## Parallel Approach:

Db Major has the following notes:
Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C

If we flatten the 3rd note (C) and the 7th note (G) we get the following:
Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb

## Derivative Approach:

Db is the 2nd note of the Cb major scale:
Cb – Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb

If we play a Cb major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:

Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb

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

## Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

Now let’s look at Db dorian in the 3rd position (lowest fret is 3)

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

Now let’s look at Db dorian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

Now let’s look at Db dorian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

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

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

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

Other useful or related posts:

Db Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

Cb Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard