# A Dorian Mode on the Guitar – 5 CAGED Positions, Tabs and Theory

A dorian is the 2nd mode of the G Major scale. The notes in the A dorian mode are:

A – B – C – D – E – F# – G

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

## A Dorian Mode Using The Parallel Approach

The A Major scale contains the following notes:

A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G#

If we flatten the 3rd note (C#) and the 7th note (G#) we get the following:

A – B – C – D – E – F# – G

## A Dorian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

A is the 2nd note of a G major scale:

G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

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

A – B – C – D – E – F# – G

## A Dorian in the Open Position

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

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

## A Dorian CAGED Positions

Now let’s look at A dorian in the 5 different CAGED positions along the fretboard.

### A Dorian in the 11th Position (Lowest Fret is 11)

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of A dorian along the guitar fretboard. For an in depth explanation of the dorian mode, check out dorian mode explained.