A SHARP DORIAN MODE

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

A# – B# – C# – D# – E# – Fx – G#

This post will seem very confusing if you are not familiar with major scales and particularly the A sharp major scale and G sharp major scale. Both scales contain double sharps. If you need to brush up on those particular scales, please read the following posts:

A sharp major scale
G sharp major scale

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.

Parallel Approach:

A# major has the following notes:
A# – B# – Cx – D# – E# – Fx – Gx

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

Derivative Approach:

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

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

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

A Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

A Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

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

A Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets

A Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

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

A Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Frets

A Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Notes

Now let’s look at A# dorian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

A Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Frets

A Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Notes

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

A Sharp Dorian Mode 9th Position Frets

A Sharp Dorian Mode 9th Position Notes

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

A Sharp Dorian Mode 12th Position Frets

A Sharp Dorian Mode 12th Position Notes

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.

Other useful or related posts:

A Sharp Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

G Sharp Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

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